Tech for the Terrified enables anyone with a device connected to wifi to develop their learning with us, even if they consider themselves under-confident or even a little afraid of technology!

These online workshops run via the popular video conferencing app Zoom, and focus on “Five Fears”:

Fear 1: Zoom & Your Device. Understanding how Zoom works, tweaking the settings, and hosting your own meetings if needed. Also, de-mystifying computer parts, jargon-busting computer “specifications,” and understanding these so you never have to be intimidated by a salesperson ever again!

Fear 2: Device Maintenance. Taking care of your device by keeping it clean, installing updates, protecting against viruses — and possibilities to speed it up, even if it’s older! Also, Internet Service Providers, WiFi, mobile data, and “tethering.”

Fear 3: Files & Folders. Understanding different files types from jpegs to docs, saving them, sharing them, and organising them in folders – using a system that makes sense to you, including “the cloud”: what it is, whether it’s needed, and what the options are.

Fear 4: The Web. Understanding web browsers, easily saving favourite websites, searching the web more effectively, and understanding, even using (or avoiding!) social media such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, to name a few.

Fear 5: Invasion of Privacy & Security. The different types of scams, how to spot them, and how to avoid them while using the web. How to control your privacy online, how it’s different from security, and good practices to master both – including creating strong passwords you can actually still remember!

By the end, participants should feel more fearless in using the internet and technology, and ready to continue their learning!

What participants have said: “Non-threatening, informative, and enjoyable.” “I feel there is light at the end of the tunnel…and I have hope to gain better skills with computers.” “Friendly and inclusive.” “Easy to join!” “Because of the no pressure and relaxed style I have become more open to learning.” “Extremely useful in helping me to overcome my resistance to technology.” “The individual items I’ve learned combine to make me more confident.” “Fun and engaging!” “Designed to de-mystify and give you confidence.” “A great job of making a sometimes daunting subject interesting and informative in an encouraging and lighthearted way.” “Great confidence booster.”

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