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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

Staying Safer Online

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

Saturday 11 September, 10.30-11.30am
Eaglehawk Library
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Monday 13 September, 11am-12pm
Boort Library Agency
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Wednesday 6 October, 10.30-11.30am
Castlemaine Library
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Watching and listening online

Find out how to watch TV online and use catch-up services like ABC iView, SBS on Demand and Freeview. See how to access the radio online and use music services to listen to your favourite songs at any time. 

Wednesday 15 September, 11am-12pm
Castlemaine Library
book a ticket for The Lost Art of Letter Writing

Android tablets and phones

We’ll show you how to set up your Android tablet or phone safely customised to suit your needs, whether you are new to the experience or have been using them for a while.

Thursday 16 September, 10-11am
Woodend Library
book a ticket for The Lost Art of Letter Writing

Introduction to Be Connected

Join our guided tour of the Be Connected portal and discover life online. Find interactive learning activities, training, web apps and how-to videos to develop your online skills and confidence.

Thursday 16 September, 2-3pm
Bendigo Library
book a ticket for The Lost Art of Letter Writing

All about our eLibrary

Learn how to access fabulous online collections available with your library membership. Plus, find out all about the newest member of our eLibrary team – Libby!

Tuesday 12 October, 11.30am-12.30pm
Gisborne Library
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Monday 18 October, 11am-12pm
Boort Library Agency
book a ticket for The Lost Art of Letter Writing

Tuesday 19 October, 2-3pm
Bendigo Library
book a ticket for The Lost Art of Letter Writing

Wednesday 27 October, 2.30-3.30pm
Romsey Library
book a ticket for The Lost Art of Letter Writing

Using the Cloud

Explore the benefits of the Cloud and how it can be used to back up and share photos and other important documents from your computer or mobile device.

Thursday 21 October, 2-3pm
Bendigo Library
book a ticket for The Lost Art of Letter Writing

Online tools for bushfire season

Discover how to use online tools and apps to stay informed during bushfire season.

Monday 15 November, 11am-12pm
Boort Library Agency
book a ticket for The Lost Art of Letter Writing

 

For more tech-help sessions in Castlemaine, click here.

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