CLICK HERE: South Burnett regional Council library services coordinator Val Hooper shows Kingaroy's Doug Doodson some of the finer points of navigating the digital world. Photo: Daniel Elliott / South Burnett Times
CLICK HERE: South Burnett regional Council library services coordinator Val Hooper shows Kingaroy's Doug Doodson some of the finer points of navigating the digital world. Photo: Daniel Elliott / South Burnett Times Daniel Elliott

Technology trouble

INTERNET, smart phones and social media; rapidly advancing technology can be bamboozling, especially for those who have not grown up with it.

While children nowadays become familiar with technological gadgetry and the World Wide Web early on, many older people struggle to become accustomed to it.

South Burnett Regional Council deputy mayor Keith Campbell understood how older generations could feel alienated by the increasing push towards a digital age.

"I would say there are a number of older people who are quite familiar with the internet and social media, but in saying that, there is a significant proportion of elderly people who struggle with it," he said.

"For young people it comes quite naturally."

Mr Campbell said the council was always eager to explore new ways to communicate with the South Burnett community and older people deserved particular consideration.

"There would be a number of older generations who would be happy to advance their skills in social media if they had access to appropriate training," he said.

"My father-in-law is 86 years of age, very alert and is trying to improve his knowledge on how to use the internet and social media."

South Burnett Regional Council library services co-ordinator Val Hooper said the library was the perfect place for those looking to take steps into the digital world.

"We have basic lessons for people who have never turned on a computer," she said.

"They are targeted at anybody, but the take up is largely older people."

Mrs Hooper said the lessons familiarised people with basic skills like how to use a mouse and the things a computer could do for them.

"From my personal point of view, there seems to be a big gap between those older people who are tech savvy and those who are not, so we try and help those who aren't," she said.

"It seems people are perfectly ok or they know nothing."

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