Seniors Learn About Internet Safety from Local Expert

St. John’s held the first virtual webinar of its three-part Technology Tuesdays Series on Tuesday, September 22 to a full online crowd of seniors hoping to learn a trick or two from local technology instructor Daniel Jones about how to stay safe on the Internet.

Jones started out the webinar with a favorite quote from Alex Bogusky, “Fear is the mortal enemy of creativity, innovation, and happiness,” through which he hoped to demonstrate that senior users of technology should not be afraid of the Internet, but instead learn how to protect themselves.

And, that is exactly what the seminar was all about. Topics ranged from setting up iron-clad passwords to detecting spam emails with an easy-to-learn format mix of videos, tips lists, and demos. There were moments of laughter, with a clip from Parks and Recreation, where one of the main characters throws out his computer out of fear of the Internet and having advertisers knowing too much about him.

Though most of the content took a serious look at what all users of the Internet need to do to protect themselves from having their identities stolen, their bank accounts hacked, and their online safety being at risk.

Sharing this type of instruction with seniors is nothing new to instructor Daniel Jones. Jones is an independent consultant/instructor based in Rochester, NY,  who provides both private in-home one-on-one instruction, as well as small-size courses and seminars at various community centers, independent living and assisted living communities. Jones has developed computer, internet and digital technology programs for Lifespan’s Lily Café and Senior Options For Independence (SOFI) at Fairport Baptist Homes. He has also taught courses and seminars through LifespanValley ManorOasis InstituteCrimson Ridge MeadowsThe Summit at BrightonBaywinde, Eastside YMCAPerinton Community Center, and The Highlands At Pittsford.

St. John’s is pleased to have brought Jones in, not only for this webinar series, but also as an instructor for its senior residents at St. John’s Meadows and Bricktsone by St. John’s. Jones is part of a new project being launched to position senior resident technology experts as peer mentors to fellow residents in need of assistance.

This new program and our Technology Tuesdays Series was the feature of a media story on WHEC. View the recent clip here.

If you would like to get a leg up on your technology skills, there is still time to register for the next two webinars in our Technology Tuesdays Series. Click here to register before Tuesday, September 29.

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