So you have some new technology in your hands after Santa has been generous, what do you do with it1? Daniel Richards is the Gwynedd Digital Resilience coordinator for Citizens Online, a registered charity. The project is funded by the National Lottery and aims to get people together to share digital expertise to support the uptake of digital skills and services.
Here are his top tips for beginners:
Sounds silly but it is not always obvious how to do this. Find out how to switch on and off correctly – and if a family member is setting your device up for you, make notes of their instructions this will make things easier to understand.
Connecting to the internet
Make sure you understand how to connect the device to the internet and if this generates any additional costs. If you are using a mobile allowance, how much is it? If you have a capped home broadband system how will you know if you have reached your limit?
The internet is no more scary than any other part of life, but you need to ensure your device is secure, with some recognised security system. Also consider your passwords and filter systems in case you will be allowing kids to use your toys.
If you have been online before, with any computer, then you will have used a browser Internet Explorer, Chrome etc. Be aware that some devices have their own browsers Amazon has Silk, Apple has Safari. You may need to play around with these to find what suits you best.
Care of your device
Tablets and smartphones are designed to be polished and shiny, and therefore are easily scratched and tarnished. Consider getting a screen protector and a case for yours you will need to be very specific on what your device model is when looking at this. It is worth keeping an eye out for bundle deals, where you get a screen protector, tough case and a stylus in one. Some find using a rubber tipped stylus makes using the screen easier.
Finally we have the Apps, which everyone goes on about2. Again, you need to find the App Store, or Play Store according to your device. Please note that not all apps are available on all devices. At first glance, app stores can seem full of expensive games, but adjusting the search options should let you see items of interest to you, and a wealth of free content.
Before downloading an app, you will probably have to open an account – be aware, that although the app stores may seem to require payment details, it is possible to register without giving your payment details – you may need to ask a friend to help with this.
You can always add your payment details later if you wish, once you are more confident.
If you are unsure of any of the above, or want to get some help in understanding your device, then please contact me as myself and my colleagues will be running a number of events throughout Gwynedd in January, aimed at helping you get the most from your devices.
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