Teaching seniors to use the Internet: seminars

For over three years now the Carleton Place Public Library has been offering one-on-one “Tech Tutoring” for its patrons. By far the largest demographic to take advantage of this service is seniors.

Statistics Canada has reported that senior Canadians are steadily increasing their Internet usage. 2010 statistics revealed that 60% of seniors aged 65 to 74 are active online, and they’re joined by 29% of those over 75. Those numbers are only increasing amongst the senior population; 68% cent of those 65 and older reported using the internet “a few times a month” in 2016. Canadians between 65 and 74 were the fastest growing demographic online between 2013 and 2016, jumping 16 percentage points.

The biggest barrier to access for seniors is their lack of digital literacy and their fear of asking for help. The Carleton Place Public Library will attempt to remove these barriers in a friendly and non-judgmental setting. By aiding seniors in becoming comfortable with technology, they will be able to expand their involvement in their community and in their social lives in general.

Carleton Place Public Library, with assistance from the Province of Ontario and in partnership with local service organizations, including the OPP, the Town of Carleton Pace and the Lanark, Leeds and Grenville Health Unit, present a Seniors’ Technology Seminar Series. This seminar series aims to teach seniors in our community how to use the internet safely and smartly and to make them more fully aware of what resources are available to them online.

Sessions include the following:

  • Online Voting Information Session, presented by Town Clerk Stacey Blair on Tuesday October 9th at 2:00 PM.
  • Social Media 101 presented by Library Technician Caroline Zeeman on Tuesday October 23rd at 2:00PM.  This will cover a broad introduction to what “social media” is and then delve into the specifics of platforms and apps.
  • The OPP will be presenting a seminar on Internet safety entitled “Seniors Take Charge” on Tuesday November 13th at 2:00PM, which will focus on avoiding fraud and being safe on the internet.
  • The Lanark, Leeds and Grenville Health Unit, in association with the Carleton Place Public Library will present information about making healthy decisions on the internet and how to find credible health information online. This final seminar takes place on Tuesday November 27th at 2:00PM.

All sessions will be held in the Barbara Walsh Community Room at the Carleton Place Public Library, 101 Beckwith Street, Carleton Place.  Register by calling 613-257-2702 or emailing Library Technician Caroline at czeeman@carletonplace.ca.