Georgia 4-H and AT&T Hold Technology Training at the Fannin County Senior Center #GACyberSeniors

The technology program enables dedicated students to engage and inform Georgia seniors on the many benefits of digital literacy and helps boost statewide internet adoption rates.

As part of AT&T’s continuing efforts to boost internet adoption, AT&T and Georgia 4-H held today a technology class, teaching seniors how to safely navigate the digital world. The statewide program bridges the generations and helps enhance
connections across Georgia.

A study by the Pew Research Center reveals that understanding the relevance of the internet and learning how to use the internet are the two biggest obstacles to adoption.

From 2015 to 2017 alone, AT&T invested nearly $5.3 billion in our wireless and wireline networks in Georgia. As private industry continues to invest to close the remaining connectivity gap in rural areas, a key focus of the statewide technology initiative is on increasing internet adoption.

Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives

To help boost internet adoption rates, the technology program pairs Georgia 4-H student trainers with senior users and uses AT&T’s Digital You curriculum to share how to have a safe and secure online experience. The personal one-on-one training results in benefits to all participants. Seniors enjoy an increased understanding of technology. And, student trainers sharpen invaluable leadership and interpersonal skills, helping prepare them to graduate career and college ready.

“With the support of AT&T and Georgia 4-H, more of Georgia’s seniors are learning firsthand how to use technology to stay healthy and keep in touch with friends and family,” said Speaker David Ralston. “This event benefits everyone involved – our seniors receive beneficial training and the 4-H’ers learn how to share their knowledge with others. I want to thank AT&T and our Georgia 4-H students for their efforts to empower senior citizens in Fannin and Gilmer counties.”

“We continually work to attract and support companies and organizations that are committed to investing across our great state and improving the quality of life for our Georgia residents,” said Senator Steve Gooch. “I applaud Georgia 4-H and AT&T, collaborating to empower Georgia seniors – in rural and urban areas – with the tools they need to stay connected.”

“Our amazing Georgia 4-H students are working directly with seniors to illustrate the importance of digital literacy and safety for all generations,” said Arch Smith, director, Georgia 4-H. “Our Georgia 4-H students are working with seniors on an array of digital tasks –everything from learning how to video chat with friends and family, program security locks and codes to protect devices and personal data, post photos on Facebook and use calendar and reminder apps for things like doctor’s appointments. Georgia 4-H is proud to collaborate with AT&T and excited to launch this training initiative, enhancing support in our communities – urban and rural.”

The Barrow County Center, Elbert County Senior Center, Hart County Senior Center, Jasper County Senior Center, Monroe County Senior Center, Moultrie Senior Center, Paulding County Senior Center and Stephens County Senior Center have hosted the #GACyberSeniors program.

“Technology is no longer something seniors avoid, and #GACyberSeniors aims to help our seniors safely embrace the many benefits of digital literacy,” said Pam Godfrey, site manager of the Fannin County Senior Center. “Improving the digital skills of everyone is key to Georgia’s future, and I applaud engaged leaders like Speaker Ralston and Senator Gooch and our Georgia 4-H students as they work to ensure the digital transition is effortless for seniors across Georgia.”

“High-speed internet has quickly become a preferred way to access information and communicate,” stated Don Barbour, AT&T Georgia regional director of external and legislative affairs. “We believe that enabling dedicated students to engage and inform Georgia seniors on the many benefits of digital literacy will help boost internet adoption rates and further connect our state.”

Through Digital You, AT&T has collaborated with prominent national organizations such as Common Sense, The OASIS Institute, and AARP to increase digital literacy as well as local organizations across the country to assemble and promote expert online safety information in a number of formats.

For more information on the resources available, check out digitalyou.att.com.

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About Philanthropy & Social Innovation at AT&T
AT&T Inc. is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its community initiatives, AT&T has a long history of investing in projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; or address community needs. The company’s signature philanthropic initiative, AT&T Aspire, drives innovation in education to promote student success in school and beyond. With a financial commitment of $400 million since 2008, AT&T is leveraging technology, relationships and social innovation to help all students make their biggest dreams a reality.

About Digital You®:
Digital You® is an AT&T campaign to provide tips, tools and information to help consumers get online safely and securely.

Created in collaboration with Common Sense Media and other experts, the Digital You® website and training sessions around the country are resources that provide parents, youth, digital newcomers, people with disabilities and community leaders with information on the devices they use and how to maintain privacy, safety and security in an increasingly connected world.

The website addresses topics such as preventing cyberbullying, managing your online presence and parenting in the digital age.

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