Making Ireland Click is a new four-part television series aimed at promoting digital literacy in Ireland. Episode 1 will be broadcast on Monday 31 October at 7:30pm on RTÉ One. There is also a Social Media Campaign encouraging people to #HaveTheTalk and help someone who may need some guidance about taking the first step online.
We all had to start somewhere and I know how daunting it can be trying to fathom your way around a computer. Andy has always been very computer literate right back to the early days of the Spectrum.
As for me, I struggled. I remember the day a 386 arrived in the house, it was state of the art back in the day. I couldn’t even switch it on! I was also convinced I was going to break it if I pressed the wrong key.
I used to take photos with my digital camera and sit looking at the camera and the computer trying to work out how on earth I could get the photos from one to the other. With Andy’s patience and a lot of trial and error I got there.
Once I had the computer side sort of sussed there was the arrival of Social Media. Now this part I love. Again it was baby steps to begin with but now I run a couple of Social Media accounts including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
My favourite platform is Twitter, for me it’s like a chat over coffee without ever leaving the house. I’ve found people on there very supportive and there’s always someone to have a friendly chat, a bit of banter, or to offer some advice.
Then there is the practical side of the Internet. I can tax my car, do a weekly shop and check my bank balance while I’m still in my pyjamas. It’s just so convenient having the whole world at your fingertips.
I know you will have people saying that no one communicates in the ‘real’ world anymore because of Social Media. For me this is not the case, I’m painfully shy away from a computer/camera. So Social Media helps me break the ice and get to ‘know’ people before I’ve met them in real life. Without this I don’t think I’d have the courage to go to as many events as I do.
So if you know someone who needs a bit of encouragement when it comes to all things Internet why not #HaveTheTalk If you live in Sligo and want to know the basics of the Internet Sligo Leader run courses which may be of interest.
Below is Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh explaining how technology is useful for him: