The Senior’s Guide to Online Safety

connect-safely-for-seniorsAdult children often find themselves providing technology support services for their aging parents. Now there’s a new, research-based resource to help.

The Connect Safely organization has recently published The Senior’s Guide to Online Safety. The publication contains important information, it’s free, and it’s simple to download as a PDF file. Adult children may want to print the booklet and share this short and easy-to-read guide.

The Seniors Guide to Online Safety addresses a range of issues that are critical for senior and elder adults to consider and understand as they go about online activities. The guide includes safety and privacy tips, information on a range of scams, guidance about securing wifi, and advice about protecting identify and financial information. The goal is to educate older adults with information that comes from experts. is a nonprofit group, based in Silicon Valley, California, and journalist Larry Magid leads the organization. Mr Magid, an expert on Internet safety, is also an analyst for CBS News and was a long time syndicated columnist for the Los Angeles Times. He has written for a wide range of publications including The New York Times, San Jose Mercury News. Forbes,  and lots of other publications.  ConnectSafely develops most of its materials for children and parents, so preparing information for older adults is a natural extension of the group’s activities.

4 thoughts on “The Senior’s Guide to Online Safety

  1. Reblogged this on The Money Godmother's Blog and commented:
    I’ve written several posts about identity theft and online fraud, particularly focusing on young adults/teens and protecting your financial assets. Below is a post from “As Our Parents Age” by Marti Weston. She highlights a great new resource for helping parents with technology and online safety, because according to Pew Research, 60% of Americans over 65 are on the internet. To learn tips on internet safety for older adults as well as yourself, check out the Guide to Online Safety by


  2. I really enjoyed this post on the elderly and technology, it was really informative and it’s important to remember that the elderly have not been brought up with the internet so may get confused or even scared when something goes wrong, it’s our job to help them stay connected safely!


  3. I am a Senior citizen teaching a Computer/Internet Security class for Senior citizens at our public library. After much research I found this site the easiest to understand and most thorough in its information. We must protect all people from a fraud and all the scams that are out there, but our Senior citizens are at great risk due to lack of experience and proper education on computers. Thank you for looking out for the mature citizens in our country.


  4. Thanks for the conversation I believe that most seniors can benefit from available technologies such as hearing aids to combat dementia and memory loss and also benefit from safety options in advanced hearing aids. Simple technology integration such as the ones in Starkey Evolv that reminds the patient to take medicines on time, or fall detector or so is not new technologies but a simple integration and extension of the application. Just my 2 cents. BTW I’m an audiologist in South London. Thanks again for your great blog.


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