Reports released in 2017 from the Pew Internet and American Life project show that while older adults are using devices such as tablet computers and cell phones in increasing numbers, they continue to lag behind the overall adult population.
That’s why FH Faunteroy Enrichment Center and AT&T employees from the District, Maryland and Virginia (DMV) on Nov. 9 teamed up for a program to help older adults learn how they can use wireless phones and tablets to improve their lives, and to navigate the internet safely and securely.
During the program, local residents learned how to navigate the Internet, recognize scams, keep private information secure, back-up data and more. The District of Columbia’s Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity Courtney Snowden also stopped by the event to talk about the importance of keeping District residents of all ages – especially older adults – connected and engaged. And, Tony Dixon, president of the Washington, DC Chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) gave tips on how older adults can avoid being victims of fraud and scams.
“As technology has become more integral to how we live, it is important that our seniors have the skills and tools to access it. Whether it is staying connected with their children and families, or accessing opportunities, partnerships like this one with AT&T will help our seniors successfully navigate a more technologically connected world,” Deputy Mayor Snowden said.
Tony Dixon from NOBLE added: “Wireless phones, tablets, and related technology give people access to more helpful information than ever before. However, when exploited, such technology can also expose individuals to harmful online scams. Events like the one organized by the Faunteroy Center and AT&T empower people with the tools and information they need to avoid these scams while educating them on how to protect themselves against becoming unwary victims of such crimes.”
According to Vanena Wilmot, Executive Director of FH Faunteroy Community Enrichment Center, the event was another example of the Center’s commitment to enhancing the lives of older adults in Washington, DC.
LaTara Harris, AT&T’s regional director for External Affairs in Washington, DC, said local employees were on site to help answer residents’ questions about their wireless devices.
“Our employees are involved in our communities in many ways. Events like this one give us a chance to help local residents get the most from their wireless devices and to better connect to each other and their world,” Harris said. “We’re grateful to Deputy Mayor Snowden and Tony Dixon from NOBLE for sharing their important perspectives with the attendees. And, of course, we appreciate the staff at Faunteroy for teaming up with us for this event. It was a great day.”
Harris said the program is part of AT&T’s Digital You initiative, which the company launched to help wireless users of all ages to use their devices safely and responsibly. Learn more at http://digitalyou.att.com/.
The Faunteroy Center seeks to empower the community at a multi-generational level by promoting positive lifestyle changes to enhance their educational achievements, reduce risky behaviors while incorporating healthy practices and principles into their daily lives. Learn more at https://faunteroycenter.org/mission/.
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