Get help with technology

If you are new to digital technology, or need tips on something specific, we can point you in the right direction.

This page provides some links to help you understand the basics. It is for anyone who needs a simple introduction to computers, smartphones, tablets and the internet.

    The basics

    The Be Connected website has lots of useful information and simple activities to improve your skills. Be Connected is an Australian government initiative developed by eSafety and the Department of Social Services to increase the confidence, skills and online safety of Australians. 

    The topics below are just a few of the short introductions to digital technology on the Be Connected website.

    Digital devices

    When you need a refresher on the essentials of computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones.

    Getting to know your device

    The basics of using a keyboard, a mouse or a touch screen, plus how to change settings and manage your files. 

    Find advice on how to take a screenshot on Mac, Windows, Android or Apple devices like iPhones or iPads. 

    Getting started online

    Some essential skills to help you get started online and start to navigate the online world.

    Connecting to others

    How to set up the correct equipment to make video calls and use applications such as Skype, WhatsApp and FaceTime. 

    Wi-fi and mobile networks

    All about how to connect to the internet without cables when you’re at home or out and about.

    Face-to-face help

    Be Connected also offers opportunities for free face-to-face training and internet access through more than 2,000 community organisations across Australia. Find local help

    Online safety training for professionals

    eSafety offers a range of online safety training programs free of charge for professionals including teachers, librarians, law enforcement, mental health and social workers and corporate groups.

     

    On other pages you will also find targeted information for:

    • Parents and carers — using parental controls and other tools to help protect your children’s safety online
    • Women — how to make sure you are using your computer, phone or tablet safely 
    • Seniors — advice and support for older Australians