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This page is for parents and carers wanting to know about Computers in Homes.
Computers in Homes (CiH) gives school students computers and internet at home.
Computers in Homes works because it focuses on people – building your computer skills and helping you and your family through the first year.
Computers in Homes…
- helps children do better at school with reading, maths and writing skills
- provides a computer, set-up for you at home, for homework and family use
- helps you get more involved in supporting your children’s learning
- shows you how to use a computer and the internet safely
- subsidises internet connection with access to educational websites and games
- connects you with school by emails, websites and newsletters
Parents say they enjoyed the training and it gave them confidence in their computer skills. Using the internet makes them feel connected and helps them at work, or looking for work.
Parents, school principals and Computers in Homes leaders talk
about how the programme works, and what it has meant for them.
Here are stories from people who have done Computers in Homes:
- “Our lives are better having a computer… it will help my son’s school work majorly” – Pamela Taylor, mum of three
- “Computers in Homes changed my life” – Kaynen Simeon, InZone Student
- “Benefits for all the family” – Andrew Dooley, Solo Parent
- “This is just the start of my journey. Bigger, Better, Brighter.” – Corrin Philipp
- “I always just thought I couldn’t learn… Now I know I can do it” – David, father of two, with dyslexia
- “Jump at the chance!!” – Kelly Lowe, job-seeker
If your school asks if you want to take part in Computers in Homes, you would need to
- agree to take part in 20 hours of computer training
- pay $50 to register, which can be paid gradually over a term
- contribute towards the cost of the internet connection, for the first year
- use email to talk to your children’s teachers
- encourage your child to use it for their homework
- if asked, give feedback about how you and your family use the computer
- after a year, pay the cost of your internet connection (if you want to keep it – you don’t have to)
- 20 hours basic computer and internet training for one or two parents or carers. This is group training, friendly and relaxed, usually in 10 sessions.
- a Certificate, at the Graduation celebration for families
- a computer – not new but fully refurbished, upgraded and tested
- assistance with internet costs for a year (you pay a monthly contribution)
- a technician to set up the computer at your home, and check all works well
- free computer support help for the next year
- if you want more computer training, we can advise you what is available.
Schools currently taking part are listed here, by region. Parents in these programmes have already been invited and started their training.
Talk to your child’s teacher, to see if they are taking part next year and if you can join on the programme.
If they are not taking part, suggest they look at the Schools Get Started page to see what is involved.
Other computer training available
Open to all families, in locations where available:
- Stepping UP – introductory computer training, often at public libraries and usually free.
- ICDL – on-line digital skills training with an internationally recognised qualification, for people with basic computer skills. It is free to JobSeekers over 16.