The Digital Inclusion Alliance Aotearoa (DIAA) is pleased to announce a new digital literacy programme for seniors – Better Digital Futures for Seniors. With support from The Office for Seniors, we have developed a customised programme for seniors, based on our successful Stepping UP initiative. We have also shaped Better Digital Futures to reflect the different needs of seniors. Recent research by the Chair in Digital Government at Victoria University of Wellington revealed that seniors typically fall into one of seven categories, ranging from ‘highly digitally skilled and engaged’, to those who simply see no reason to ‘go digital’. Better Digital Futures has been developed with this in mind. We are offering four pathways, each targeting groups of seniors at different stages of their digital journeys:
- Pathway 1: Digital Introductory – for seniors who want to know why they should connect to the digital world
- Pathway 2: Digital Essentials -for seniors who want to know how to connect to the digital world
- Pathway 3: Digital Engagement – for seniors who want to expand their online skills
- Pathway 4: Digital Safety – for seniors who want to keep themselves and their whānau safe online
Each pathway includes four 2-hour modules. Seniors wishing to participate can register their interest online or get in touch with their nearest Stepping UP delivery partner. A good place to start is with your local library. If they are not already offering this programme, let us know (email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0800 463 422) and we’ll contact them to see how we can help. We expect classes to commence in July after all Covid-19 restrictions are removed and libraries are able to continue providing Stepping UP classes.