(San Francisco: September 12, 2016)
ConnectSafely.org, in partnership with Comcast Internet Essentials, has just published The Senior’s Guide to Online Safety. This guide, which is available for free online and in print, was released at an educational event at the George W. Davis Senior Center in San Francisco’s Bayview/Hunters Point neighborhood. Speakers at the event included San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, 6-time Olympic medal winner Jackie Joyner Kersee, Comcast Executive VP David L. Cohen and ConnectSafely.org CEO Larry Magid.
In addition to releasing the new guide, the event highlighted Comcast’s Internet Essentials program for seniors, which provides low-cost ($9.95 a month) high-speed Internet access to low-income households with at least one resident over 62, at 34 percent of HUD-funded households as well as those living in privately owned section 8 subsidized housing.
“Since Internet Essentials first launched in 2011, we’ve made significant progress in connecting low-income families with children to the internet at home. In the past year, we opened up several new attacks on the digital divide, including pilot programs for low-income senior citizens and community college students,” said David L. Cohen, Comcast Corporation Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer. “Additionally, we recently collaborated with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to expand Internet Essentials to HUD-assisted homes.”
“According to the Pew Research Center, as of 2014, nearly 60 percent of Americans over 65 years of age were internet users,“ said Larry Magid, CEO of ConnectSafely.org. “However, just as a travel guide is important when planning a trip to a foreign country, seniors need a guide to the online world, as the internet is like a foreign country to many. This is why we are proud to release the free Senior’s Guide to Online Safety with the help of Comcast.”