Call to teach Aussie seniors more about cyber security

A LOBBY group for senior Australians has called for urgent action to address the concerns older people have about internet security.

Representatives from Seniors Australia will tell a parliamentary committee investigating cyber security for the elderly what needs to be done to encourage older Australians to get online.

Seniors Australia represents more than a quarter of a million Australians over the age of 50, including pensioners, self-funded retirees and others.

The group published a report in September revealing 64% of older Australians were concerned about cyber security, while 74% were confused about the technology and 56% were unsure of what the internet actually does.

Among the group's recommendations for "urgent action" were promotion strategies to raise older non-users' awareness of the internet and to satisfy their security concerns.

It has also recommended a national action plan to focus on improving internet use and access for older Australians.

The group will also call on the government to create low-cost training courses and material to help older generations learn the skills needed to use the internet safely.

For nearly a year, a Joint Parliamentary Committee has been investigating what can be done to improve cyber-safety for older Australians, with Seniors Australia to front a committee hearing on Wednesday.

Topics:  business cyber security internet online seniors technology

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