Be connected, at any age

Mike Rudge, Fenella Jane, Amanda Rudge, Derek Tink, Frances Overell and Keiron Sproule at the Digital IQ initiative at Our Place during Get Online Week.
Mike Rudge, Fenella Jane, Amanda Rudge, Derek Tink, Frances Overell and Keiron Sproule at the Digital IQ initiative at Our Place during Get Online Week.

Millions of Australians are at risk of 'digital exclusion', Digital IQ's Derek Tink said, urging those of us more tech-savvy to consider the plight of the uninitiated in an increasingly-digital world.

Speaking at Friday's Instagram workshop, he estimates that around 700 older Tenterfield residents have never been online.

Erika Bursford dropped into the gathering to explain how to access council's new smartphone app. Search 'Tenterfield Shire Council' to download.

Erika Bursford dropped into the gathering to explain how to access council's new smartphone app. Search 'Tenterfield Shire Council' to download.

"Around 25 per cent of Australians over the age of 50 have never used the internet," he said. "That's 2.5 million Australians at risk of digital exclusion."

Another recent workshop hosted by Our Place introduced the free Be Connected program to help senior Australians get the most out of going online.

In the run-up to Christmas Mr Tink asked that everyone think about how to help people connect, especially with family and friends at this time of year.

Digital IQ's community adviser Derek Tink urged those at Friday's Instagram workshop, of whom more than a few were mature-age, to consider helping those at risk of 'digital exclusion'.

Digital IQ's community adviser Derek Tink urged those at Friday's Instagram workshop, of whom more than a few were mature-age, to consider helping those at risk of 'digital exclusion'.

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