Cyber Senior learner Anna Price and tutor Jim Aiello work with a tablet. (Literacy Alliance of the Shuswap Society photo)

Computer tutors for seniors wanted

Anyone who uses technology can help build basic skills

  • Mar. 22, 2018 9:44 a.m.

The Literacy Alliance of the Shuswap Society receives daily calls from local seniors looking for assistance with learning to use their digital devices; they are looking for help from the public teaching them.

There is a program in operating in Blind Bay to help these seniors feel more comfortable with technology.

Electronic communications have become essential for everyone including seniors to stay in touch with family, navigate the Internet safely and access important online services and information.

When it comes to becoming computer literate, the stakes are high as online fraud is becoming common. The Better Business Bureau lists online purchase scams, money-transfer wire fraud and Online dating scams as their top three scams of 2017.

“These skills are essential and volunteer Cyber Seniors tutors are critical in helping many individuals move into the digital world,” Reads the Literacy Alliance’s Spring Newsletter.

The tutoring program is dependent on volunteers and there is often a wait list seeking a tutor.

“If you use any technology you can probably help, as learners are looking to build basic skills. The commitment is one hour per week for six or eight weeks at a time,” the newsletter reads.

For more information or to volunteer call 250-463-4555.

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