Seniors on Christmas Island will continue to have free access to computers and internet training to ensure they are not left behind in the digital age, thanks to a $1.3 million Abbott Government investment.
The Abbott Government has invested $1.3 million to assist more than 97,000 older Australians continue building their digital skills under the Broadband for Seniors programme.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said that older people on Christmas Island would be able to learn important online skills including how to send emails, be cyber safe and use social media to stay in touch with friends and family.
“Everyone should have the opportunity to build confidence and skills using the computer and the internet,” Senator Scullion said.
“This funding demonstrates the Government’s commitment to ensuring older people on Christmas Island don’t get left behind in the digital age,” Senator Scullion said.
Senator Scullion said there were around 1600 Broadband for Seniors kiosks across Australia, set up in facilities such as community centres, libraries, clubs and aged care homes.
“Volunteer tutors provide one-on-one or small group training covering topics such as how to send emails, be cyber safe and use social media in a supportive and welcoming environment,” Senator Scullion said.
“Broadband for Seniors provides support to help older Australians feel confident using technology.”
Broadband for Seniors Kiosks on Christmas Island will continue to have access to training tools and resources to support their volunteer tutors to provide one-on-one or small group training for seniors.
The Broadband for Seniors kiosk is in the Christmas Island Neighbourhood Centre Inc.
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2015-05-20 Christmas Island Broadband for seniors release.pdf