Better Digital Futures for Seniors

Seniors gain computer or smartphone and internet skills and confidence

About Better Digital Futures for Seniors

For seniors (people aged 65+) seeking help in going online. Participants choose one of four Digital Pathways to learn new skills and build confidence using computers, smartphones, or tablets, and the internet. Each Pathway is four x 2 hour long classes delivered in a small group at local libraries, community centres, retirement homes, marae and other locations throughout the country.

Seniors learning smartphone skills at the Independent Living Charitable Trust


Learners can attend any of the pathways, depending on confidence level and experience with digital technologies. The Digital Introductory pathway covers reasons to go online, such as communicating with family, becoming less dependent on others, discovering suitable digital devices, and pursuing hobbies. The Digital Essentials pathway covers computer and online essentials as well as options for connecting to the internet. The Digital Engagement pathway focuses on online shopping and banking as well as managing photos and solving common problems. The Digital Safety pathway addresses concerns about protecting privacy and keeping safe online.


Delivery partners receive funding for trainers to support seniors in small group sessions (4-8 people). Google Classroom is used to share the training resources, made up of pdfs, videos and example websites. Having the resources online in one place means trainers can sign-in and all the links are at their fingertips as they move through the lesson plans. Participants complete a pre and post training survey to help measure their digital skills and confidence.