Empowering our community to thrive in the digital world

Published on 09 June 2020

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Mornington Peninsula Shire Libraries are partnering with the Be Connected Network to deliver a program for residents over 50 years old in the Rosebud and Hastings areas who would like a little more help with their digital skills.
 
The program aims to educate older Australians on the digital world, including how to stay socially connected to family and friends. Participants will be able to gain confidence in navigating the internet and learn how to stay safe online by creating strong passwords and avoiding scams. The virtual short course commences Thursday 9 July and will also cover topics such as online shopping, using email, social media, search engines and online forms, downloading and saving documents, watching and listening online, video calling and online hobbies such as researching family history.
 
Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor, Councillor Sam Hearn said: “The coronavirus pandemic has been particularly isolating for people without internet access. While we are now able to reconnect with our networks in real life, the pandemic has taught us that being able to use a tablet, smartphone or computer can bring us closer together when we are apart. It would be hugely beneficial for many older people currently without digital skills to be able to connect with their loved ones online”.
 
The free course is open to people over 50 years old with very limited digital skills. If you, or someone you know, will benefit from partaking in the course, please call 0466 841 327 for more information.
 
This project is funded by the Good Things Foundation and is an Australian wide initiative empowering all Australians to thrive in a digital world. Mornington Peninsula Shire Libraries are a community partner in the Be Connected Network and offer Zoom meetings to help people develop digital skills and confidence.

More information: 
https://ourlibrary.mornpen.vic.gov.au/Whats-On/Learn-new-digital-skills

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