Tech Shy to Tech Savvy pilot in Cape Breton increases web skills of seniors

Seniors in the community looking to increase their computer skills took part in the Tech Shy to Tech Savvy pilot program on Thursday, July 25, at the New Dawn Centre.

The pilot workshop, provided by A Better Bite Community Kitchen, in collaboration with Digital Nova Scotia, Live Infinitus and Navigate Startup House, with funding from The Government of Canada, is designed to help seniors integrate technology into everyday life in a no-pressure, hands-on, learning environment.

Participants were taught how to navigate their computers, tablets and smartphones, and learned skills including understanding computing, its impact on the world, and how it can help us connect; connecting to the internet and how to safely use browsers, search engines, and tools to navigate the web; being safe with personal information, protecting their privacy and data, and learning safe digital habits; social media, understanding the different platforms and connecting with others.

“Educating our senior population on technology is very important in such a digital age,” says Sarah MacKinnon, Executive/Administrative Assistant of New Dawn Enterprises. “Equipping seniors with these skills allow them to battle social isolation by learning how to connect with family and friends through the internet. The workshop also helps protect our seniors by creating awareness of the dangers of technology and cybercrime which is an increasing issue with senior citizens.”

Although there have not yet been any future dates secured with the participating groups, interest has been shown in the program.

For more information about the program, please contact:

Sarah MacKinnon
Executive/Administrative Assistant, New Dawn Enterprises
newdawn@newdawn.ca
902-539-9560 ext. 251