DON’T be spooked by digital technology this Halloween. If you are struggling to use the computer, tablet or smart phone to look up ‘what’s on’ over half term and Halloween there’s help at hand.
Superfast Dorset has a network of 70 volunteer Digital Champions who offer free, one-to-one computer help sessions in libraries and other venues across the county and they can help you get online and develop your digital skills.
There’s a wealth of magical things to do this half term around Dorset, from wand-making on Brownsea Island to spooky Halloween trails, free entry to a museum if your (grand) child is in Halloween fancy dress, through to a seashore safari trail – but most information is only available digitally.
Councillor Gary Suttle, portfolio holder for Economic Growth and Skills at Dorset Council, said: “If you struggle using computers, tablets, smart phones or are just a bit rusty you are not alone.
“It is a common issue, around 150,000 people across Dorset are not confident using a computer and 70,000 of these have never been online. If you are unable to use digital technology it means you can miss out on simple pleasures such as sharing family photos.
“Your Digital Champion can help here and also show you how to use Skype to keep in contact with your friends and family wherever they are. You could have a weekly chat with loved ones and even feel part of birthdays, christenings, weddings digitally.”
Superfast Digital Champions are ready to provide you with all the help you need from switching on a computer and using the internet safely to managing email and digital pictures and, of course, finding information from reliable sources.
Visit them on a regular basis or just once to learn digital skills so that you can show your family how to safely use the internet.
To get help from a Digital Champion simply call 01305 221048 or visit www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/get-online and we will match you with a friendly volunteer in your area who will help you feel right at home in the digital world.