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Hobbies and Skills Courses

The Web is a mine of useful information and many people use it as a means to explore a topic of interest, find out about a new or existing hobby or develop new skills.  Computer Friendly run a series of courses aimed at two of the most common and popular past-times that people enjoy: Photography on iPhones/iPads and Family History.

Many people use the internet to keep in touch with friends and family.  They have long been able to send text messages and emails, but it is now possible to have video chats via Skype and Zoom, and to share pictures, stories and “likes” via social media sites such as Facebook.  Unfortunately the “bad guys” are also using these channels to infect your device and steal your money or defraud you with a scam.  However Computer Friendly is on your side and can help you Stay Safe Online (and on the phone).

Photography on iPhones/iPads

Photo by AMIR HANNA SWE on Unsplash

Photo by AMIR HANNA SWE on Unsplash

Since its launch in 2007, the iPhone has come a long way as a camera and photo management/editing tool, with improvements in camera quality, functionality and software with each annual new version. The purpose of this course is to help you take amazing pictures on your iPhone/iPad. This course covers photography primarily on the Apple iPhone but is also relevant to the iPad, which is very similar.

Learn how to take, edit and share photos like a pro!

More details can be found on the Photography on iPhones/iPads course page.

Family History

Tracing one’s family history is probably one of the largest areas of interest on the Web. Historical census records around the world are slowly being digitised and made available for people to search and trace the lives of their ancestors as well as locate lost and unknown relatives. The purpose of this course is to introduce the fundamentals of Family History Research for people with limited experience of the subject, or the use of the Internet, to find important family history records.

More details can be found on the Family History course page.


Facebook is a popular online social media and social networking service, where users can create a profile revealing information about themselves. They can post text, photos and multimedia, which are shared with any other users who have agreed to be their “friend”.  You will learn what Facebook is useful for, with an opportunity to reinforce learning by following examples.  The purpose of this course is to introduce you to Facebook and its features, so that you are familiar with its jargon and how to use it. It will reinforce what you already know about your device and how to use Facebook on it, and to build your confidence in using both.

More details can be found on the Facebook page.

Stay Safe Online

As with some aspects of life there are people whose sole ambition in life is to steal your money. Unfortunately the Internet is no different; there are people out there who rely upon your naivety, lack of experience, honesty and general trustworthiness in people as a whole into tricking you to divulge information that will allow then access to your bank and savings accounts. This is a practical hands-on course with exercises that will help you avoid some of the more common scams, protect your digital information and keep your device safe and secure from malicious people.

More details can be found on the Staying Safe Online course page.