I’ve decided to write this post as a way of pulling together a collection of useful sites and links that can help you to use either use the internet better , or maybe help you to find a way of introducing your friends or family members to the benefits it can bring. I remember the first time that I sat down in front of a computer. It felt exciting , but also a bit confusing. I had heard that there were some interesting things that you could do online but didn’t know where to start.
Maybe you are feeling that way now, or maybe you have a friend or relative that you know would really benefit from being able to use the internet if only you could a way of introducing it to them ? This post is all about how to get going with digital – where to find help and ways of making it cost less.
So many aspects of modern life rely on the ability to be able to do the “digital basics” of using email, managing passwords and setting up a new user account. If you can do those 3 things then you are on track to making the most out of what digital can offer . Online shopping, online radio and videos, chat forums, games and of course lets not forget using it to help your health. You can book appointments, take part in outpatient clinics, order medication , learn more about health conditions and more.
What do you need to get started ?
To get going with digital you just need a device that connects to the internet and an internet connection. You may already have a mobile phone that can use the internet without you realising this . Some people already get their TV via cable so have the internet already there but don’t use it.
How old is the device ? If your device is more than 5 years old you may find that changing to a more modern device can make the experience much better. It all depends on what you want to do online. The chances are that you already know someone who could help offer you some advice about how to use the internet more effectively. If you do not have anyone in your circle of friends who knows about computers and the internet then there are a couple of suggestions below for where you can get help …
In Pendle we have the BPRCVS . This is an organisation that links various voluntary groups together across our area. Part of their team includes people called “social prescribers”. These are people who work with us to help people find ways of getting involved with various activities or groups that are in our area. One of the things that they can help with is digital skills. You could discuss this with a member of the Social Prescribing team on 01282 433740 or by emailing [email protected] and they will be more than happy to help.
Online Learning Tools
Learn My Way is a set of online tutorials that are free to use and can be used on their own or in conjunction with support that is available from Lancashire Libraries.
Learn My Way is a website full of free online courses for beginners which is ran by The Good Things Foundations. Its designed to help you develop your digital skills to make the most of the online world, so whether you’re just starting out digitally or you want to add to your existing skills, Learn My Way has a course for you. Here’s a list of just some of the courses on offer:
Using a touchscreen
Video calling & socialising online
Keeping your personal information secure online
Job hunting online
GP services online: a how to guide
Online and mobile banking
Using public services online
Universal Credit: a how to guide
How to be a Digital Champion
Reduce the costs – consider “Broadband on Benefits”
Did you know that it may be possible for you to get the internet and your phone bills covered for less than you are paying for a standalone landline to your telephone ? BT is one of the providers that have some discounted deals which you may be interested in. ( this is not affiliated with out practice in any way )