The internet is an invaluable source of information and entertainment, and also enables new forms of communication and social interaction. However, not everybody has the know-how to make use of these resources or navigate the digital world with ease.
Be Connected is an Australia wide initiative developed by eSafety and the Department of Social Services. This initiative aims to build confidence, establish skills and empower Australians to engage with and thrive in the digital world.
Free online courses cover a range of topics including the very basics, online safety, apps and games, online communication, device guides and more. In addition, the Be Connected Network allows community partners to provide in-person face-to-face support to develop your skills and confidence.
The Derwent Valley Online Access Centre, located at the New Norfolk Library, is part of the Network. They offer support to help local people of all ages thrive in the digital world. Network partners have access to online training courses, face-to-face training sessions, eSafety presentations and many more resources.
Be Connected also allows you to become a digital mentor through the completion of a short online course. This course is designed to help you support people through their first steps with computers and the internet, and to develop additional digital skills.
Visit the Be Connected eSafety page for more information.