I have. With my 80 year old mother.
She signed up to Facebook when she realised it might be the only way she would get regular communications from her children and grandchildren now living across the world. She is also starting to use the web as a comparison shopping portal, and at looking to buy more and more online.
For those of us with digital skills, protecting ourselves and our families online is relatively simple. For those with children, our schools are doing a pretty decent job too.
But for our older population who are less well supported and may have limited digital skills, stranger danger is a real problem.
According to the Office for National Statistics, the largest increase in the number of recent internet users in 2017 was in women aged 75 years and over, now equating to over 1 million users. Nearly 50% of men over 75 years are also active on the internet.
That is why Quartet Community Foundation supports organisations that provide help to the most vulnerable in this age group – and those who are younger.
Like Juice Community Project, working in Cadbury Heath, South Gloucestershire. We recently provided them with a grant of £1,601 for their “Scambuster” event, raising awareness among older people of a range of current scams in the area which may target them.
The skills learnt at these events may make a world of difference to the participants, and will certainly aid them in protecting themselves online and offline.
Quartet Community Foundation supports small, local charities who provide real-world support to those who are most vulnerable in our society.
If you want to join business and individuals who provide funds to thousands of local charities through Quartet, get in touch.