International Access to Information Day is celebrated on 28 September. This day was initiated by the international organisation, UNESCO to promote the adoption of freedom of information laws, provide people of all ages and genders with access to and the exchange of information, and cultural diversity in cyberspace.
One goal of commemorating this day is to provide equal access to information for users of all ages. However, despite the beginnings of progress, today’s technology remains a difficult test for many older people. So, this is a great day to focus on digital inclusion.
Before the pandemic, the number of older people who had Internet access was quite low. According to PewResearch report, in the USA in 2019, one-third of adults 65 and older say they have never used the Internet and half of respondents did not have Internet access at home. The pandemic has accelerated the digitalisation process, and now the number of older people with access to the Internet is greater than ever before.
Despite this, many grandparents still experience difficulties and problems with accessing the Internet and using gadgets. According to a recent study by Kaspersky, 64% of millennials surveyed globally have helped an older relative with tech support.
This also raises questions about the online safety of seniors. While older generations try to protect themselves without external support, they often don’t have the knowledge to do so. This fact also concerns family members – according to the same study by Kaspersky, 69% of millennials in our survey said they are worried about their parents being scammed online.
At the same time, a recent survey shows that the older generation is enthusiastic about introducing new technologies. Therefore, to help elderly relatives get used to the Internet and reduce the risks of encountering a fraudster, Kaspersky has prepared a small guide with helpful tips:
Additionally, you can explore some guides to help you navigate some of the more common technology issues.
Kaspersky is a global cybersecurity and digital privacy company founded in 1997.