Imagine never accessing the internet! Not being able to send e-mails, pay your bills on line, see the snapshots of the family holiday on Facebook! Around one million people in Australia can’t and most of them are older Australians.
Welcome to the first post of the campaign! Mind the Grey-Gap hopes to encourage young people to spend time teaching digital and computer skills to their older family members (or members of their community). We hope to bring attention to the grey digital divide and demonstrate the importance of having digital literacy skills to participate in modern society.
Digital literacy is a necessary skill for the modern world. It contributes to reducing social isolation and protection from online and financial fraud. Computer and digital literacy skills also allow full access to government services and information.
Young people have these skills, and for us, the digital world has become an important part of our lives. It’s been shown that computer skills are best taught one-on-one with someone who knows the person’s current skills and understands their needs. As the need for digital skills becomes more important in our everyday lives, we should step up and find out how we can help an older Australian we know to develop their computer and digital skills.