Be Connected - every Australian online

A free, user-friendly, online learning program aimed at helping older Australians connect to the internet.

What is Be Connected?

Many older Australians are deterred from using the internet, despite our awareness of the convenience it offers in maintaining connection and managing daily life. Lack of knowledge, skills, confidence and security concerns are the main barriers. 

To help older Australians get online confidently and securely we are working with The Good Things Foundation – a strategic partner who specialises in digital connection and education. The Office of the eSafety Commissioner and Good Things Foundation have developed the online learning program, Be Connected, which is funded by the Australian Government. This free learning program contains easy to follow modules on a range of topics aimed at getting older Australians connected digitally and enjoying all the benefits of that - like Skyping grandchildren, reading the news online, reaching out to old friends on Facebook, or writing their memoir.

Connecting is your choice

It is, of course, a personal choice to want to get these skills but it is becoming harder to do things without them. So, we’re looking to help anyone who’s interested.

Professor John McCallum, Interim CEO

What can you learn about?

The absolute basics

The absolute essentials of using your device, whether it is a desktop computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone

Getting to know your device

The basic functions of a keyboard, a mouse and a computer, including how to change settings and manage your files

Getting started online

Some essential skills to getting started online

Safety first

Essential skills to stay safe online, the why and how of passwords, paying for goods and tips to avoid scams

More online skills

How to connect with friends and family using social networks, how to use a digital camera and how to watch TV or listen to music online

Connecting to others

How to get set up to make video calls and different ways to make free video calls using Skype, WhatsApp and FaceTime

All about data

What data is, how we measure it, how you can buy it and what plans are available

Wi-Fi and mobile networks

All about Wi-Fi and how to connect at home or in a place, like a café, that has free Wi-Fi

Online hobbies

Researching family history, writing a blog, and using Google Earth

All about apps

What you can do with them, where you can get them and how to be safe using them

How can you participate?

Self-paced learning

Self-paced learning

For those who have access to a computer, laptop, smart phone or tablet device, know how to use email and have access to the internet. Sign up to the program at home or at your local library, and explore the topics that interest you at your own pace.

Important: remember to select National Seniors Australia as the support centre

Attend a training session

Attend a training session

For those who would like a little more help or prefer the social atmosphere of shared learning. Our network of community branches will be holding some 'bring your own device' learning sessions, and also holding some training workshops with devices provided. New events will be added to the events calendar as they're planned or contact your local branch to see if they are participating.

Register your interest in becoming a volunteer digital mentor

For those who wish to help others explore the learning program by delivering training or support at one of our community branches, at a National Seniors event or by assisting people you know one on one.

Volunteer digital mentor training

Volunteer digital mentor training

Complete a 30 minute training module to assist you in delivering training and support to others.

Join us today

Be heard and enjoy exclusive benefits with a National Seniors membership!

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