Online resource to help seniors go digital
IMDA launches new portal which has access to online guides, ebooks, videos and seminars.
IMDA has launched the IM Silver Portal which will give seniors access to online guides, ebooks, videos and seminars to help them learn and take advantage of mobile and digital technologies. Topics covered include how to use mobile devices as well as chat applications to using cloud-based storage and cybercrime prevention.
The new IM Silver Portal complements the classroom sessions that are already available to seniors at the 31 Silver Infocomm Junctions (SIJs). Since the launch of the SIJs in 2007, about 80,000 participants have attended and benefitted from the technology classes offered. The launch of IM Silver Portal will also make learning even more accessible to seniors.
Besides online and classroom resources, IMDA will be working with the People’s Association Active Ageing Council (PA AAC) to encourage peer learning through a new Tech Silver Project. Currently, seniors who embrace digital technologies can become Silver Infocomm Wellness Ambassadors to help encourage their peers to pick up such skills.
Through the Tech Silver Project, 29 Silver Infocomm Wellness Ambassadors have stepped forward to volunteer their time to help seniors within the community. IMDA and PA AAC will provide structured technical and soft skills training to build up the skills and competencies of these Tech Silvers to prepare them to better help spread the know-how to their peers in the community.
“It is now even easier for seniors to learn how to use technology to stay connected with friends and family, enhance the quality of their lives through online resources and at the same time, stay safe from cybercrimes. We hope that many more seniors will participate and benefit from these new programmes.” said Tan Kiat How, chief executive, IMDA.
IM Silver Portal, the Silver IT Fest, Silver Infocomm Wellness Ambassadors are all programmes under IMDA’s Silver Infocomm Initiative.