Internet safety for seniors

SENIORS will have the opportunity to learn about internet safety and how to protect themselves online as part of the Broadband for Seniors program hosted by the Whitsunday Neighbourhood Centre.

The protect yourself online information session will be held on Friday, February 7, from 12.30-2.30pm, in the Endeavour Room at the centre, in Hazelwood Crescent, Cannonvale.

The Broadband for Seniors program is partially funded by the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and aims to increase the confidence and skills of older Australians to use computers and the internet.

It teaches people over 50-years-of-age how to use the internet in their daily lives, with lessons including the topics of emailing photos and documents, accessing online accounts, updating information with organisations such as the Australian Electoral Commission, browsing and use of social media sites such as Facebook.

Program tutor Rebecca Woods said a major part of learning how to use computers and the internet was being aware of how to protect yourself online.

"Whether you're browsing the net, buying, selling or just sharing emails, knowing how to keep your computer and personal details safe is a priority for any internet user," she said.

"We've all heard the stories or know of someone who has been affected by computer viruses through to email scams, but are we confident to recognise these threats? This is what I will be addressing in this open information session."

Spaces are limited and bookings are required.

To book or for more information about the Broadband for Seniors program call 4946 7850.

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