Computer courses to update seniors

Older computer users curious about internet banking can check out a free presentation at the HB Williams Memorial Library next week.

The presentation between 10am and midday on Tuesday has been organised by SeniorNet Gisborne, working with partner Westpac Bank.

SeniorNet chairwoman Sheryl Northover said the library session is partly to connect with people over 50 interested in computer courses run by seniors, and partly in response to student comments about how they enjoy using technology but do not trust internet banking.

“We know there are a lot of scary stories about hackers and internet security issues but the fact is, using computers to do things like banking is not unsafe or difficult if you take basic precautions.

“Westpac Bank is a partner organisation with the SeniorNet Federation and they have developed presentations for SeniorNet students.

“We’re very pleased the Gisborne branch of the bank is working with us to provide this public session,” Mrs Northover said.

There will be opportunity for people to check on SeniorNet courses for the last term of the year, starting from October 23.

The Westpac presentation will take place between 10.30 and 11.30 and people will have a chance to talk to SeniorNet tutors about courses before and after the banking session.

“We had an excellent response to our last question and answer session, and our new shorter courses were popular last term. We’re still experimenting, trying to meet the needs of older computer users, and we’re very interested in hearing what people want to know about.

“We got the message that smartphone, tablet and iPad courses are most popular now, with smaller demand for sessions on desktop computers or laptops.

“ That’s giving us all motivation to keep learning so we can help students make the most of new developments in technology. We also welcomed new tutors to our group and would love to have more volunteers involved to help us meet the demand for courses,” Mrs Northover said.

Anyone wanting to find out more about SeniorNet Gisborne, phone Sheryl at 868 1674 or email gizzyseniornet@gmail.com

Older computer users curious about internet banking can check out a free presentation at the HB Williams Memorial Library next week.

The presentation between 10am and midday on Tuesday has been organised by SeniorNet Gisborne, working with partner Westpac Bank.

SeniorNet chairwoman Sheryl Northover said the library session is partly to connect with people over 50 interested in computer courses run by seniors, and partly in response to student comments about how they enjoy using technology but do not trust internet banking.

“We know there are a lot of scary stories about hackers and internet security issues but the fact is, using computers to do things like banking is not unsafe or difficult if you take basic precautions.

“Westpac Bank is a partner organisation with the SeniorNet Federation and they have developed presentations for SeniorNet students.

“We’re very pleased the Gisborne branch of the bank is working with us to provide this public session,” Mrs Northover said.

There will be opportunity for people to check on SeniorNet courses for the last term of the year, starting from October 23.

The Westpac presentation will take place between 10.30 and 11.30 and people will have a chance to talk to SeniorNet tutors about courses before and after the banking session.

“We had an excellent response to our last question and answer session, and our new shorter courses were popular last term. We’re still experimenting, trying to meet the needs of older computer users, and we’re very interested in hearing what people want to know about.

“We got the message that smartphone, tablet and iPad courses are most popular now, with smaller demand for sessions on desktop computers or laptops.

“ That’s giving us all motivation to keep learning so we can help students make the most of new developments in technology. We also welcomed new tutors to our group and would love to have more volunteers involved to help us meet the demand for courses,” Mrs Northover said.

Anyone wanting to find out more about SeniorNet Gisborne, phone Sheryl at 868 1674 or email gizzyseniornet@gmail.com

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