University of Kansas researchers implement digital literacy programme designed for low-income, minority senior citizens

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Researchers at Kansas University’s Center for Digital Inclusion have implemented a digital literacy programme designed specifically for low-income, minority senior citizens. Often the target of online disinformation and scams, this group stands to benefit the most from digital literacy skills but often have the lowest levels of knowledge.

A needs assessment was conducted with low-income black senior citizens in Kansas City to better understand their specific needs before designing and implementing this evidence-based programme. A top priority was to deliver lessons in a respectful and empathetic way, since many participants reported having negative prior experiences computer classes taught in the community.

Sessions focused on how to create secure passwords, adjust privacy settings on social media, evaluate if online information was legitimate, safely communicate with health providers online, and spot schemes seeking to gain web users’ private information how they can.

100 individuals from underserved populations have so far been engaged by the Center for Digital Inclusion’s educational and research programmes, which will continue to be implemented.

Source: The University of Kansas