Individual Strategies for Managing Operational Risk
Start simple. Recognise that it will take a bit more time when you are learning something new. Be kind to yourself. Sometimes all you need to do is take a break and come back to the task when you feel refreshed. It is okay to follow your own pace.
Consider the costs and benefits of learning new ICT skills. Start by learning skills that are most beneficial for you. For example, Zoom is a simple tool that gives you the benefits of connecting with your friends and family with little risk.
Break it down. Do not try to learn it all. Learn one thing at a time so you don’t feel tired and overwhelmed.
Be brave and keep trying. Most mistakes can be corrected, and devices will not be broken as you learn If you are lockout of your devices, for example, you can always take the device to the store to reset. Practice is the best way of learning, and you will gain confidence over time.
Take notes. Write down your ICT problems, solutions, and resources so you can refer to them at a later time.
Search engines. Use search engines like Google or video apps like YouTube. Google ICT jargon or explore YouTube videos will help you learn how to do things - pause, rewind and watch as many times as you need.
Relational Strategies for Managing Operational Risk
Cultivate people (family, friends or professional) who have higher level of digital literacy and are willing to help with technology. Tell them the specific tasks you want to learn. Ask them to focus on them and show you step by step. Remember to take notes so that you can use later.
Find family members, friends or neighbours who are comfortable with being your go to person for more complex technological issues. For example, if your grandchildren have more time than your children, then ask your grandchildren
Seek advice from friends who are supportive and have plenty of time and patience to help you.
Try to have similar devices, software, and services as your friends; so, you can help each other. Similarly, when asking for the help of peers, focus on those who have similar devices, software, and services to yours as it makes the task easier.
ICT changes very rapidly and updating yourself might take time. Assess how important it is for you to complete this specific task. If it is routine task, learn, take notes and practices. If it is a one-off, consider asking a knowledgeable friend to help you out.
Join ICT courses developed for older adults. Attend the courses a second time if you need to. Make sure you discuss with the tutors to find the right level for you. You can approach the tutors outside classes or during breaks to have one-on-one discussion.
If you encounter ICT jargon while learning, ask your tutors as others in your classes might be experiencing the same issues as you.
Health issues. Your support team may have tips and tools to help you overcome any health issues (weaker eyesight, hearing, shaky hands), discuss with the tutors at your ICT groups and more knowledgeable peers.
Visit your local and digital libraries, to explore books, tutorial, manuals or classes that can help you with these specific tasks. Check sites like Be Connected, for specific information on how to engage with ICT tasks.
Contact service providers. Some of them are open to helping you with learning to use your new devices and services. You can go to their stores, phone them, or use the chat function on the websites.
Operational risk is aligned both with the person’s ICT ability and the person’s confidence to try to overcome the perceived risk and engage with the digital device. There are individual strategies people can do themselves to manage this risk, as well as relational strategies which consider the role of social influence on a person’s ability to try new things and interact with ICT.
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