Senior Australians are a very diverse group, especially when it comes to attitudes to computers and the internet.
The Cyber-Safety Committee believes that formulating a balanced message about cybersafety for those aged 55 and above is therefore very important.
Their objective is to find the best ways to get reluctant seniors online safely and to upskill competent users without over emphasising the risks.
Committee member Nola Marino MHR said although Australians aged 55 and over are the fastest growing group of internet users there was a vast difference in their level of skills.
“Seniors are finding internet to be a great way to stay in touch with family and friends, online banking, research and many other aspects that the internet has to offer,” she said.
The Committee is in Melbourne today to conduct a public hearing.
Opening the hearing is YOURLifeChoices, an Australian online news and magazine for people aged 50–75, with over 61 500 subscribers.
The publisher wants government and industry to set up a ‘one‐stop shop’, for both reporting scams and advising seniors about cybersafety.
The Committee will hear also from the Brotherhood of St Laurence, which operates
‘mens sheds’ for computer literacy, the Life Activities Clubs Victoria, the Australian Taxation Office and the Consumers e-Health Alliance.
The Committee encourages seniors to complete the cybersafety survey which can be accessed at: www.surveymk.com/s/cybersafety-seniors
Further information on the inquiry is available from the Committee’s web site http://www.aph.gov.au/jscc