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Cyber safety 'issue' for seniors

Tuesday, 30th April, 2013

Graham Daly has become a regular computer user since his neighbour opened his eyes to the wonders of the web. Now a federal parliamentary committee has recommended cyber safety training for seniors. Graham Daly has become a regular computer user since his neighbour opened his eyes to the wonders of the web. Now a federal parliamentary committee has recommended cyber safety training for seniors.

By Emily Roberts

Older Australians need more training so they can enter the online world with confidence, a federal parliamentary committee says.

A report was published recently "Cybersafety for Seniors: A Worthwhile Journey", with 13 recommendations for cyber safety.

Committee chair Senator Catryna Bilyk said the internet was increasingly important but many seniors weren't joining the digital revolution because they feared being scammed.

The committee has recommended the federal government develop a cybersafety and awareness portal with links to regulators, so seniors can engage and help fight online crime.

As well, the government should work with the states and territories to support the use of public libraries and other community centres to train seniors on cyber security.

Broken Hill Library coordinator, Cheryl Smith said it is very important for seniors to jump on board and learn about technology.

"We've put in for a $10,000 grant," Ms Smith said.

"If we received it, it would enable staff members to have have one-on-one sessions to learn about the internet, email and different things like social media.

"We haven't heard if we have been successful, yet."

Ms Smith said the grant would complement the already existing senior's internet program. This includes the Senior's Internet Kiosk which is available at no cost.

"We also would like to have an outreach service for out Outback Letterbox clients - whether we could Skype with them, we are still trying to
determine," she said.

"We also want to incorporate eBooks into the library.

"A lot of people utilise the Senior's Kiosk; it is very popular."

Local Graham Daly, is a regular to the Senior's Internet Kiosk.

"I use the computer at the library quite often, I think I've almost worn it out," he said.

"It is very beneficial to the community."

Mr Daly said his neighbour originally taught him how to use a computer.

"Then I was able to come to the library to use it," he said.

"It was convenient to come to the library, I've also learnt quite a bit while using the computer at the library.

"My neighbour helped me to start off then I progressed a little bit by myself.

"I was never interested in it but now I am using it to plan my overseas trip.

"It's very handy, I'm learning all the time."

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