Internet safety: be confident online
‘The ability to access, receive and impart information is a human right.¹’
Although some people over the age of 50 are competent and regular uses of internet services, many are beginners or have limited knowledge when it comes to computer technology. In the last 30 years cyber technology has developed much further than just searching for information and has infiltrated many aspects of our daily lives such as communication, shopping, banking and networking.
In response to older Australian’s needs, COTA NSW has developed a peer education session ‘Internet safety: be confident online’ to help older people become more aware and informed around internet safety and security.
In a relaxed, informal learning environment this education session is delivered by volunteer peer educators who promote discussion and group interaction as part of their presentation. Accurate, up-to-date and credible information is provided to identify methods and strategies that can assist in navigating the internet with confidence and safety.
The ‘Internet safety: be confident online’ peer education session focuses on:
- increasing awareness around using the internet safely and securely
- building confidence when using the internet
- providing reliable information – see www.staysmartonline.gov.au
- helping you to create strong passwords
- exploring tips to safe-guard children and grandchildren who may use your computer
This session is available for groups of 10 or more people aged 50+, is free of charge and provides participants with free resources to take home. If you would like to host an ‘Internet safety: be confident online’ peer education session please call us or download a booking form from this site. Help your group become confident online by booking a free guest speaker today.
John, a COTA NSW volunteer peer educator has stated, ‘We reach people who would not get this information otherwise’. Providing relevant and reliable information to community members is a valuable and rewarding experience. If you feel that you may like to become involved with this project by becoming a volunteer peer educator then please contact us today to find out more.
For more information please contact the COTA NSW Education Team:
Phone: (02) 9286 3868
To complete the booking form:
- Email: Download the booking form to your computer and the complete the form in word. Save the completed form to your computer and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Fax: Download the booking form to your computer and print out a copy. Fax the completed form to (02) 9286 3872
- Post: Download the booking form to your computer and print out a copy.
Post to: COTA NSW Education Team
Level 6, 280 Pitt Street
SYDNEY NSW 200
The Cyber Security Training Package for older people is one of a number of initiatives that the Australian Government has available for Australians to protect their online privacy and safety so that they can fully engage in the digital economy. Program funding is administered by the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (www.dbcde.gov.au).
¹ ‘Inquiry into Cybersafety for Senior Australians’, Australian Human Rights Commission Submission to the Joint Select Committee On Cybersafety, Submission No. 2, January 2012 pp. 5