Senior Citizens are online too
Senior citizens are embracing the digital age in greater numbers every year. Fifty-three percent of adults ages 65 and older now use the Internet and online tools such as email, according to the Pew Internet & American Life Project. Among those Internet users, seventy percent report going online daily.
Not surprisingly, the Internet offers many benefits to older Americans, including the ability to better stay in touch with family members, near and far and across generations. A 2012 study by Microsoft and AARP found that online communication often was credited for improving dialogue among family members.
The Internet helps senior citizens connect with society, bringing vital information and resources to them. For instance, they can bank and shop from the convenience of their homes. There are many sites geared toward the needs and interests of senior citizens, and growth of such sites is expected to continue.
There are risks associated with being online, and, sadly, many scammers target senior citizens.
Older Americans should be wary of the following types of emails, websites, or social media messages that:
Set ultimatums such as “your account will be closed,” or “the deal will expire” to create a sense of urgency, and trick the victim into providing personal information top
Though there is a lot of focus on cyberbullying among children and teens, cyberbullying affects senior citizens as well.
Cyberbullying (mostly through e-mail) of seniors can take several forms, but the most common are:
Speaking out against cyberbullying can be particularly difficult for seniors who may not even know what the term means. As with victims of any age, seniors may feel violated and powerless, be confused and in denial over what’s happening, feel shame and self blame for being a victim, and fear even more bullying or being ignored if they speak out. Additionally, according to the Washington State Office of the Attorney General, in many cases, seniors are the victims of cyberbullying by family members top
To protect against these online threats, there are several basic precautions all Internet users should take, regardless of age or experience online. The following tips are provided by STOP. THINK. CONNECT., the national online safety awareness campaign.
Keep a Clean Machine
Protect Your Personal Information
Connect with Care
Be Web Wise
The information provided in the Monthly Security Tips Newsletters is intended to increase the security awareness of an organization’s end users and to help them behave in a more secure manner within their work environment. While some of the tips may relate to maintaining a home computer, the increased awareness is intended to help improve the organization’s overall cyber security posture. This is especially critical if employees access their work network from their home computer. Organizations have permission and are encouraged to brand and redistribute this newsletter in whole for educational, non-commercial purposes. top