26 September 2023

Older Australians get their own podcasts

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The eSafety Commissioner has suggested that older Australians sign on to a podcast series that offers them an easy and entertaining way to dial up their digital skills.

The Commissioner, Julie Inman Grant said the Be Connected podcasts – which are a joint initiative between the eSafety Commission, Department of Social Services and Good Things Foundation – answered common tech questions and dived into conversations that could help older Australians get the most from their online world and help stay safer online.

Ms Inman Grant said the podcasts covered a fascinating range of content to fulfil people’s curiosity including how to use social media safely as well as ways smart homes can improve our lives.

“While older Australians are really extending themselves in their online learning, they’re also looking to have a bit more fun with it – and podcasts should be on their list,” Ms Inman Grant said.

“It’s like listening to a lively conversation between friends, full of fun facts, but with useful safety tips and guidance on new technology such as smart homes.”

She said the podcasts highlighted handy how-to information and captivating trivia through chats with a range of interesting guests including journalists and comedians.

“Podcasts offer older Australians a way to learn that can fit in with their lifestyle, allowing listeners to tune in while they are out exercising or gardening,” she said.

The Be Connected podcasts can be accessed at this PS News link.

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