Key Takeaways:

  1. Understanding online safety and privacy is crucial for digital autonomy and security.
  2. Learner experiences highlight the importance of being informed about digital threats and protection methods.
  3. Resources are designed with the latest cybersecurity information, ensuring up-to-date and practical advice.

In the vast expanse of the internet, the importance of safeguarding one's digital presence cannot be overstated. At GetSetUp, we recognize the unique challenges older adults face in this digital age, especially concerning online safety and privacy. Our mission is to empower this demographic with the knowledge and tools needed to navigate the digital world securely and confidently. 

That’s why we created the CyberSecurity and Fraud Prevention Hub and are constantly updating our comprehensive class catalog on online safety and privacy. We aim to enhance digital literacy by ensuring that every learner can protect their digital identity and personal information from potential threats.

GetSetUp services align directly with the online security, cybersecurity, and privacy safety features highlighted in the National Telecommunications and Information Administration's (NTIA)’s Digital Equity Capacity Grant Program, a $1.44 billion investment in digital inclusion. GetSetUp classes help older adults learn and gain confidence on the digital tools promoted in the NTIA’s efforts to bridge the digital divide through internet for all and efforts to promote broadband from all. 

The Foundation of Digital Autonomy

Digital literacy goes beyond the ability to use technology—it encompasses understanding how to use it safely and responsibly. Recognizing this, GetSetUp has developed courses specifically designed to address the critical areas of online safety and privacy. Our classes, such as "Online Safety: Socializing Safely Online" and "Scams & Phishing: What Are They and How to Spot Them (20-min class)," provide essential knowledge for anyone looking to secure their digital life. These courses not only educate on the potential risks but also teach proactive measures to safeguard against them and ways to recognize scams and fraud before falling victim to an attack.

“After the pandemic, a lot of what I was looking for were ways that felt safer to learn and interact. Through GetSetUp, I could satisfy this need any time of the day and keep my mind sharp. Plus I’m learning so much more about technology, and that makes me feel safer about navigating the internet,” says Judy, a SilverSneakers learner. 

Similarly, Sheela, a Georgian learner, said,

“Now I have learned about security and other tech topics.” 

Stephanie, a New Jersey learner, shared about her experience with the Email Scams and How to Recognize Them,

“This was very informative since I was scammed just this week. I was trying to get a job, because I became disabled and they obtained much of my info. They prey on older people and disabled people.”

Francis a New York State Learner about a How Your Email Address Can Be Exploited by Scammers (20-min class),

“This is a very Scary Subject.  Makes you want to stay away from answering your E Mail.” 

What sets GetSetUp's classes apart is our commitment to providing up-to-date and practical advice. This is made possible by bringing real-world insights and expertise to our class development process. By working closely with professionals at the forefront of digital security, we ensure that our classes reflect the latest trends and best practices in online safety.

A Call to Digital Vigilance

Our digital lives are an extension of our physical ones, and protecting them is crucial. GetSetUp's online safety and privacy classes are more than just educational resources—they are a vital step towards digital vigilance. By understanding the risks and learning how to mitigate them, older adults can enjoy the benefits of the digital world without compromising their security.

Apr 15, 2024
Digital Literacy

Classes by:

Liz Miller

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