UP-SKILL: Wendy Dillon, Denise Rapkins, Sharon Millett and Kathy Wilkinson are under the tutelage of Sharon Churcher in the Be Connected: Every Australian Online train the trainer program at the Biloela Library.
UP-SKILL: Wendy Dillon, Denise Rapkins, Sharon Millett and Kathy Wilkinson are under the tutelage of Sharon Churcher in the Be Connected: Every Australian Online train the trainer program at the Biloela Library.

Keeping seniors safe online

THE not-so tech savvy among us will soon be able to access online training from local librarians.

On November 19-20, the Banana Shire Councils Biloela Library branch hosted two workshops for the Be Connected: Every Australian Online train the trainer program.

This digital mentorship program will build skills, knowledge and the confidence of council staff and community volunteers to deliver the Be Connected program and other digital literacy initiatives to the public.

Librarians and volunteers from the Banana Shire Council Libraries, Livingstone Shire Libraries, Bundaberg Regional Library Service, and Woorabinda Aboriginal Shire Council and Indigenous Knowledge Centre took part in the two-day course delivered by Sharon Churcher from the Queensland State Library.

"The idea of today's training is that I'm also training the people within local libraries to then be able to train the public," Mrs Churcher said.

"The hope is that libraries will then run Be Connected sessions within their organisations for members of the public."

Once trained, librarians in those council catchments will be able to deliver and train the Be Connected program, an Australian Government initiative committed to increasing the confidence, skills and online safety of older Australians.

"We have a lot of older Australians who aren't digitally safe online so it's a way to train older Australians to be safe," Mrs Churcher said

"How to recognise scams, set up passwords and to be safe but also make them independant digitally."

To access training or learn more about the Be Connected course contact the Biloela Library at 4992 7362.