The City of Seattle recently launched “Get Online Seattle,” a digital literacy campaign created to provide residents with the necessary skills to navigate the internet and find content relevant to their needs.
Each quarter, the Get Online Seattle campaign will focus on a different content area, helping Seattle residents get online and successfully use the internet as an everyday resource. The current campaign focuses on health, providing easy-to-use online health resources and tips on how evaluate health websites. The campaign will continue through December.
“We spend a lot of time in the community and have found that the Get Online Seattle campaign is a resource that really resonates with our neighbors,” said Erin Devoto, Seattle’s Chief Technology Officer. “Working with our partners we’re able to pass along valuable internet safety messages and also tout what a valuable resource the internet can be. Research has shown us that adults who don’t use the internet don’t think the internet is relevant to them and their needs. This education campaign helps to change that perception.”
Get Online Seattle education materials also promote options for affordable home internet and locations with free access to computers and the internet.
Visit www.seattle.gov/getonline for more information about the health campaign, resources and tips for use. Posters and leaflets are also available via the web site or by calling 206-233-7877.
The Get Online Seattle health campaign is run by the City of Seattle’s Community Technology Program in partnership with the City’s Citizens Telecommunications and Technology Advisory Board, Seattle Public Library, Associated Recreation Council’s RecTech Computer Centers, Mayor’s Office for Senior Citizens’ Seniors Training Seniors Program, and Public Health of Seattle/King County.
January’s Get Online Seattle campaign will focus on employment resources.
The City of Seattle’s Department of Information Technology’s Community Technology Program works to ensure all residents have the opportunity to access online city services and get online for civic participation, education, and employment. For more information, visit http://www.seattle.gov/tech/.