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Be Connected | Goldfields Library Corporation

Be Connected: Helping older Australians thrive in a digital world be connected

About Be Connected

Be Connected is an Australian Government initiative committed to increasing the confidence, skills and online safety of older Australians. Be Connected aims to empower everyone to use the internet and everyday technology to thrive in our digital world.

Through the Be Connected online resources, Australians will be able to learn the basics of using digital devices and engaging with the internet, including:

  • talking to and seeing family and friends
  • keeping up to date with news and what’s happening around the world 
  • being safer while online 
  • finding new friends who share interests and hobbies
  • connecting with old friends
  • shopping and selling online, safely and securely

This fantastic portal provides free interactive learning activities, training courses, web apps and how-to videos. Goldfields Libraries is registered as a Be Connected network partner.

More information about the Be Connected program can be found on their website: https://beconnected.esafety.gov.au/

 

Who is eligible?

If you are aged 50 and over – you are eligible to be part of our Be Connected program.

Upcoming workshops

Introduction to Family History Online

Discover how to research your family history online, with tips and tricks on getting the most out of the internet, step-by-step guides on beginning your family tree and more.

Monday 112 April, 2.30-3.30pm
Online via Zoom
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Tuesday 18 May, 2-3pm
Castlemaine Library
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Introduction to Android tablets

We’ll show you how to set up your Android tablet, safely customised to suit your needs.

Monday 19 April, 2-3pm
Bendigo Library
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Introduction to Social Media

Have you ever wanted to find out more about social media? We’ll show you the basics of social media, how it works and some tips and tricks for staying safe.

Tuesday 20 April, 10-11am
Castlemaine Library
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Monday 17 May, 2-3pm
Bendigo Library
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Getting started with Video Calls

Learn all about getting started using Zoom, Skype and FaceTime. Our friendly staff can help you build your confidence with video calling apps.

Wednesday 21 April, 2.30-3.30pm
Romsey Library
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Introduction to MyGov

Find out how MyGov can make managing your online government services easy and convenient. We’ll guide you step by step how to set up and use your MyGov account safely, claim medical expenses and control who sees your My Health Record information.

Wednesday 21 April, 2.30-3.30pm
Kyneton Library
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Wednesday 28 April, 2-3pm
Inglewood Library Agency
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Staying Safer Online

Learn the essentials of safe passwords, how to pay safely online and tips to avoid scams and tricks.

Thursday 29 April, 11am-12pm
Heathcote Library
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Wednesday 19 May, 2.30-3.30pm
Romsey Library
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Exploring the internet

Navigating the online world can be tricky at first, but we can teach you some essential skills to get started. Learn how to use search engines such as Google, how to search for websites, use bookmarks and save files and images.

Thursday 6 May, 2-3pm
Bendigo Library
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Getting started with your iPhone

We’ll show you how to set up your Apple iPhone, safely customised to suit your needs, whether you're new to using an iPhone or have been using one for a while.

Tuesday 25 May, 11.30am-12.30pm
Gisborne Library
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Contact Us

If you have any questions, need help with getting started on Be Connected or wish to register your interest for future courses please email: beconnected@ncgrl.vic.gov.au