Seniors get Internet-savvy at largest inter-generational digital bootcamp

SINGAPORE - Seniors are a wealth of experience and knowledge, but they are willing to learn from the younger ones too.

More than 450 seniors from the North East district are picking up tips on using technology from Internet-savvy students aged between 10 and 15 years old.

They are learning how to do so as part of the largest inter-generational bootcamp in Singapore, organised by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), the North East Community Development Council, POSB Bank and 18 participating schools.

The bootcamp has been ongoing since November 2015, but was officially launched by Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean on Saturday (Jan 23) afternoon. The event at White Sands Shopping Centre also marked the official opening of the POSB White Sands branch.

As part of the bootcamp, which will go on until March 2016, seniors can take part in three-hour IT workshops on basic computer skills, such as how to operate a keyboard and mouse, or how to use the Internet to search for information, among others.

Seniors will also learn how to use SMS banking services and self-service banking at POSB Bank, which includes learning how to transfer funds or check account balances digitally instead of having to queue up at the banks.

IDA managing director Jacqueline Poh said seniors may find technology daunting, but events like this show how useful and simple it can be. She added: "What's more, it helps bring families and communities together - which is what Smart Nation is all about - enriching lives and creating opportunities."