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Digital literacy program helps seniors get online

Digital literacy program helps seniors get online

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Seniors needing help to use digital devices can sign up to a series of free City of Whittlesea digital literacy classes and boost their online connectivity.

Council has teamed up with Whittlesea U3A to run the classes for over-55s, teaching participants how to use their Android or Apple phones, laptops, computers or tablets and get connected online.

Chair Administrator Lydia Wilson said the COVID-19 pandemic meant that more than ever people were having to rely on technology and using a device, be it a computer, tablet or smart phone.

“Using a device for the first time can be scary and almost a new world of social connection, and it can be a steep learning curve when you’ve never done it before,” Ms Wilson said.

“The feeling of virtually connecting to a friend or family member is a huge achievement, and the digital literacy program will teach seniors all they need to know about getting online and becoming tech-savvy and more confident.

“Whittlesea U3A do terrific work supporting our senior community with a host of leisure, educational and creative activities, and these classes will teach so many relevant skills which will leave a lasting impact on our seniors.”

Topics covered will include:

  • Social media management and online safety
  • MyGov set-up, including adding a COVID-19 digital vaccination certificate
  • Email set-up
  • Video calling
  • Applications
  • Internet connectivity
  • Data management.

The classes, hosted via Zoom by experienced Whittlesea U3A instructors, run every Tuesday from 2.30-4pm, and are limited to 15 participants. From early next year, they will run in-person in Lalor, Whittlesea, Mernda and Mill Park.

Council and not-for-profit organisation Lively will also run a program for seniors’ clubs from early next year, empowering clubs to deliver their own programs online.

For more information and bookings visit