Be Connected

Be Connected Program

Older Australians with low internet skills can often feel isolated at a time in their lives when feeling connected is increasingly important.

Be Connected aims to change that through a family-and-community-centred approach.

It will help older Australians to realise the value of being connected online and provide access to appropriate training and support in a safe and familiar environment.

Be Connected is a free Australian Government initiative helping people to get the most out of going online.

It will enable older Australians to continue to gain the confidence and skills they need to use digital technology.

The program will cover the basics of going online, including:

● being safe online
● talking to or seeing family and friends who live far away, more often
● finding new friends or old friends who share similar interests and hobbies
● keeping up-to-date with what’s happening in their community and around the world
● shopping online, safely and securely

Be Connected will deliver a range of resources specifically designed to support older Australians, as well as families, influencers and community organisations who want to help these Australians get online.

Riverina Community College aims to deliver training for up to 100 volunteer mentors over the next 12 month period to provide tailored face to face classroom based guidance to older Australians in the community to become connected online. Topics which will be provided in training and delivered to the community include: basics of using computers and digital devices, online shopping, socialising online, researching family history, staying safe whilst online, plus many more.

By undertaking the free training program and becoming a voluntary digital mentor through Riverina Community College, mentors will gain access to interactive learning activities, training courses, web apps and ‘how-to’ videos to engage the general over 50s population.

Good Things Foundation is supporting Riverina Community College in the roll out of this program to deliver personalised and face-to-face training and support to older Australians.

For more information about the program go to the Be Connected Website or contact the College on 1800 000 212.

Be Connected Fact Sheets

The Department of Social Services has overarching responsibility for implementing the Be Connected initiative, in partnership with the Office of the eSafety Commissioner.