This week (19 to 25 October) is “Get Online Week” and there are some great resources and training available to help you improve your digital skills and learn how to help others to get online.
This year has proved that now more than ever, the internet is a key utility and knowing how to use it is an essential skill. From gaining the confidence to set up Zoom meetings to learning all about keeping safe on the internet, there are loads of easy to use resources now available. Here is a run-down of some of the resources that you can use.
- Keeping in touch using a video call
- Setting up and running Zoom meetings
- Using the NHS app and NHS websites to manage your health online
- Using online banking
- Internet security
- Digital photography.
The Digital Unite website has a range of 400+ how-to guides covering a whole host of digital topics. Written by subject matter experts and updated daily, the guides are perfect for supporting others with digital skills or improving your own knowledge.
If you want to access some online learning, the Learn my Way website has loads of easy to follow online courses.
If you are already quite confident in the digital sphere, you could consider becoming a Digital Champion.
A Digital Champion is anyone who inspires others to use computers and the internet – whether that’s helping a neighbour to
send an email, handing out leaflets for computer classes or helping a friend to set up their new computer or laptop. Why not take this free short online course to get some ideas on how to help others to make the most of life online.
Staying safe online
From recognising phishing emails (emails that may look genuine but the sender is pretending to know you) or using strong passwords, this guide is a good starting point in staying safe.
If you think you have been the victim of a cyber attack or receive phishing emails, report them to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.
There is also an online reporting tool on the ActionFraud website: www.actionfraud.police.uk/