Hobbies and Skills

Posted on

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: Digital Photography 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).

Digital Photography

Photography has come along way since those first photographs were taken in 1822 but the development of digital cameras in the 1960s and 1970s, and mobile phones in the late 20th century coupled with the development the PC and image editing software around the same time made taking and editing digital photographs an everyday common event. The purpose of this course is to introduce the fundamentals of digital photography, so that people with limited experience of digital cameras and computers, will be able to take successful pictures, send & receive them by email, and edit them on a computer.

More details can be found on the Digital Photography 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.