Learn digital skills with Be Connected
Be Connected is an Australia wide initiative empowering all Australians to thrive in a digital world. As more and more essential services move online, and physical services, such as local banks, close, it has never been more important for all Australians to have access to the Internet, and the skills and confidence to use it safely and responsibly.
Public libraries provide free Wi-Fi and public access computers, and often run classes for people to learn to use digital technologies. We know from our school days, however distant they may be, that we get better at things by practising, and the Be Connected website has a great collection of easy, self-paced learning resources, to help people learn what they need to know, in their own time, in the comfort of their own homes.
Accessing these learning resources is easy. Go to the Be Connected website – beconnected.esafety.gov.au. Click on ‘Sign in/up’ at the top right, then click on ‘Create new account’. Fill in your details, and under ‘Training Centre’, choose Riverina Regional Library, or your local branch, if it is available on the list.
Once you have created this free account, you are able to access online tutorials on topics such as:
- The absolute basics
- Getting to know your device
- Safety first
- Connecting to others
New topics are being added all the time, and you can work through them at your own pace, to make sure you understand each step. This is a great to help you become confident online, and to take advantage of all that it has to offer, and keep an eye out for training sessions being offered at your local branch library, to get even more help.