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Flamborough Seniors: Internet basics for seniors

Shelley Scott, executive director, Flamborough Information and Community Services

Many seniors live their lives without the Internet. Some seniors do not feel confident in their computer skills, while others do not trust the Internet. Those who take the time to learn how to go online will be pleased to learn that the Internet can be safe and easy to use.

Having a computer in the home only became commonplace in the past few decades. If a person was not raised with computers or the Internet, they may be reluctant to learn computing skills. The idea of turning on a computer and connecting to the Internet can be daunting for some seniors. However, once they overcome this fear, they can start learning basic computing skills and navigate the World Wide Web with ease within a few short weeks.

While the Internet is a wonderful tool, it is also misused by unscrupulous people. Seniors need to be aware that there are countless scams online. Due to this, they should only give their personal information to trusted web sites. They should also make sure that they only shop at reputable online stores. This will help prevent them from being caught up in fraud or identity theft.

Flamborough Information and Community Services (FICS) offers one-to-one computer lessons for seniors. This is a non-competitive, non-threatening way of learning how to use the Internet at your own pace.Call 905-689-7880 for more information or to schedule a lesson, which costs $10 per hour.

Community Bus shopping program

If you are a senior that likes to get out and do your shopping but don’t drive or have access to transportation, the Community Bus program will fill your needs. This is a program that FICS, working with DARTS, provides to help with your shopping. Each Friday, the bus will pick you up at your house and take you where you can shop, do your banking or have lunch, before dropping you off at home. The bus goes to the Food Basics plaza in Ancaster or Walmart in Waterdown. Register with FICS before Wednesday at noon if you are interested. The cost of a return trip is $7.

Submitted by Shelley Scott, Flamborough Information and Community Services, 905-689-7880. Check out www.flamboroughseniors.ca.

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