GO ONLINE, email me, check the website... these are common phrases in everyday life.
They are also phrases that can strike fear in the heart of some people. They are the phrases that cut off a whole section of our community.
The world is rapidly changing. Everything is moving online and unless you know how to use the internet, it can be quite isolating.
From your bank, to utility bills, to benefit payments, to the simple email, it seems that it all requires some basic knowledge of computers.
That’s why I think it is important that we take the time to teach the older generation how to use a computer before they get left behind.
You may not realise it but the simple act of turning on a computer and logging on to the internet can scare some people.
I have seen people physically shaking the first time they use a computer. They think that they will press something or do something wrong that will bring the whole thing crashing down.
When I gained my qualifications in computing, my tutor advised me to go out and use them by volunteering. He assured them that something good would come out of it.
Now, I consider it a personal mission to make people aware that they need to spend the time with others to ensure that they can have access to all the services they need.
I’m lucky, I’ve been able to do classes at college that have equipped me with knowledge that I can pass on.
Using a computer is fast becoming part of everyday life and if everybody just shirked their responsibility to help others, then there would be a great deal of people cut off.