Digitally Fit In Old Age

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Digitally Fit In Old Age
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"Digitally fit" in old age

You are not yet familiar with the World Wide Web (Internet) with its advantages and pitfalls? Is it somehow difficult for you to keep up with the younger generation, who are constantly talking about apps & Co.?

Would you like to find out more about safe web surfing? Here you will find tips & tricks to help you become or stay “digitally fit”.


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  • Advice, downloads & tools
  • Why on the Internet?
  • Secure information from the Internet
  • Social media: Facebook & Co.
  • Where can I learn to use the Internet?

Why on the Internet?

There are many reasons to use the internet. For example:

  • Write and receive e-mails with relatives, friends or family,
  • look for information,
  • Listen to music, watch videos,
  • Shop,
  • Online banking,
  • Take care of official channels.

In the factsheet from "The Internet … what's in it for me?" You will find further reasons as well as a brief explanation of terms relating to the Internet (e.g. browser, link, app, etc.).

With which device on the Internet?

Smartphone, tablet, laptop, PC? Does it all sound the same somehow? The factsheet “Off to the Internet! But with which device?”From gives you orientation as to which electronic devices you can use to“conquer”the Internet and what you should consider when purchasing.

Secure information from the Internet

Not all information from the Internet is credible or reliable. More and more rumors are spreading over the internet. In principle, anyone can publish something on the Internet. There is no "editorial office" behind it. It is therefore very important to distinguish between true and false. Here are a few tips for assessing websites:

  • Is there an imprint? Contact persons and contact options should be available there. Information on data protection must also be provided on the website.
  • Who is writing the content? It should be clear who wrote the texts.
  • How is the site funded? Is there any advertising? The advertising should be clearly separated from the content. In addition, the financing can provide information on credibility.
  • The sources used should be listed.
  • How are the texts formulated? You should pay attention to exaggerated descriptions or gimmicky titles.

Also note that images are not always “real”. For example, there are image editing programs that can be used to edit photos so that something looks real but is not. E-mails are not always reliable either. So-called phising emails try to get confidential data (such as bank details) from you or to transfer digital viruses etc. to your computer or mobile phone. You should therefore delete suspicious emails and do not click any dubious links. So-called hoax databases help to identify known false reports in circulation.

You can find ten tips for safe use of the Internet, smartphones, etc. in the brochure. “Use the Internet safely. Information and tips for senior citizens."

Find reputable health information

With sensitive areas - such as health - special care is required on the Internet. But how do you recognize good health information? The brochure of the Lower Austrian Patient Advocate “Practice Guide. How do I find reliable information on the Internet?”.

Good health information can help to train one's own competence in matters of health. However, they cannot replace advice from a doctor or other health professions. You can find more information on the health literacy platform.

Social media: Facebook & Co

Social networks (social networks, online communities) have become an indispensable part of everyday digital life. Whether Facebook, Instagram & Co. - communication via social networks and apps is booming. alt = " and Jung use the digital offerings to exchange information, organize appointments or share photos and videos with each other. But sometimes it can be quite challenging to keep up with current trends. And: As in "real" life, you can experience nasty surprises. So that you don't fall into the trap, but have fun using digital, social media, you will find important information under Social Media, Internet & Co.

Where can I learn to use the Internet?

If you want to learn or perfect how to use PCs, smartphones etc., there are different courses on offer. Pay attention to the seriousness and quality criteria. For example, adult education centers always offer courses. The adult portal offers information on educational counseling. Information on the subject of lifelong learning and education in old age can also be found on the website of the Ministry of Social Affairs.

The platform also offers a list of courses for digital senior education (good practice projects) as well as quality criteria. However, no direct courses for senior citizens can be booked there.

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