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Seminar will support digital inclusion

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Digital Inclusion

A seminar is being held in Douglas next week to support efforts to promote digital inclusion in the Isle of Man.

The event at the Ballakermeen Studio Theatre on Thursday 15 February will enable people to improve their digital skills, so they are better equipped to help others in the local community.

Organised by the Cabinet Office, it is part of the Government’s Digital Inclusion Strategy which brings together partners in the public, private and voluntary sectors to encourage more people to get online.

Being online can provide people with access to training and jobs, social and leisure activities and internet shopping. It can also tackle wider social issues caused by digital exclusion.

The seminar, which will take place from 9am to 1:30pm, is free to attend and is open to anyone who feels they would benefit from the guidance, best practice and practical support on offer.

In particular, it will be useful for those who interact with people in the community through their work in areas such as nursing and care homes, banking, social security, libraries and charities.

Tickets can be booked on Eventbrite and further information is available from Pam Teare on 685293.

The guest speakers are experienced in helping people to learn, so they can inspire others to get the best from the internet and digital technology.

The seminar will be beneficial for those who want to:

  • Help people get online or develop basic skills
  • Help customers/clients who ask how to use their iPad, Skype, phone or online accounts
  • Learn some tips and tricks for helping others learn about digital
  • Know how to reassure people about online safety

Topics to be covered include basic cyber security, social media, the future of digital, the iMuseum as a tool and skills and techniques for approaching those who have difficulty understanding digital technology and services.

Jude Dicken, Collections Information Manager at Manx National Heritage, said:

‘Digital is always developing, but there are no rules about where your starting line needs to be. We can use the iMuseum as a tool for encouraging both social and digital interaction.’

Dan Davies, Director of Change and Reform in the Cabinet Office, added:

‘We hope people will take away some learning resources and tips from our guest speakers, as we all know someone who has asked for help with their laptop, iPad or smartphone. The event will also give us an opportunity to discuss new ideas or initiatives that could be introduced in the next couple of years.’

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