The Royal Alberta College

A project page with the information and resources to better equip Canadian seniors on how to better protect themselves against online fraud and scams

About New Horizons Project (NHP)

The increased isolation due to the pandemic has forced many aged populations across Canada to move quickly to become active in the digital world.

Unfortunately, this has caused a surge in targeted online crimes against senior citizens.

It is estimated that seniors have fallen to more than 1 Billion in scams and online misinformation promoting fake cures for COVID-19 and other false information. Fraudsters have created elaborate fake online sites to take credit card information, falsify banking and impersonate Government of Canada agencies with the intention of direct financial abuse against our seniors.

This project is led by post-secondary students from across Canada under the leadership of the Royal Alberta College’s (RAC) Executive Director, with the objective to enhance the protection of the aged populations across Canada.

Through this project we will endeavour the following:

  1. We will partner with a national award-winning library, the Edmonton Public Library and local and national law enforcement agencies to create informative videos that will assist senior citizens on how to use digital devices to engage others (including free video conferencing services through Google, Email accounts, provincial healthcare services to communicate with
    their medical teams), learn how to read online content, including digital library services (newspapers), create social media accounts, and provide online resources to better enable seniors on how to differentiate between real news and fabricated news and how to protect their online information and identity.
  2. Have an information page that will provide guidance for seniors on how to:
    1. Research information (Use free online databases to access news)
    2. Affirm if the information is credible and, if it is not legitimate, how they can report it to the proper authorities. (We will be working with local and national police agencies to assist in this)
    3. Utilize government-funded online services (library, CRA, income supports.)
  3. Show seniors how to protect their online information and identity

Intended outcome:

  1. Increase the digital literacy of the aged population by providing them guidance that will better enable them to access digital resources
  2. decrease in seniors that feel isolated by enabling them to connect with others through new social circles.
  3. promote the inclusion of seniors with other members of the senior and non-senior populations
  4. create resources that will assist in protecting seniors in Canada from falling victim to online predators’ financial abuse and fraud.

We will be conducting in-person and online interviews to collect information on how the aged population in Canada uses the internet.

Our Team

Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Chloe now lives in Newfoundland. After attending the University of Victoria for Astronomy and Physics and then for Political Science, Chloe realized that she needed a more creative career path, so she left school to pursue graphic design on her own. She aims to use her creative skills to create intriguing and accessible ways for people to interact with the world around them in our ever-changing society.

Yordanos Mengesha is a 4th year student at Concordia University in Montreal with a major in sociology and a minor in education. A former University of Alberta student, she studied Political Science and worked to run student led NGO Tutors for Affordable Education. The former Academic programming director for the UOFA faculty of arts and CRO for the OASIS election office she developed and honed multiple skills in community directed collaboration and multi-sector communicative action.

Nolan grew up in Edmonton, and recently finished his first year of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo. He is passionate about creating accessible online educational resources and open-source software. In his spare time, he enjoys gymnastics, piano and working on personal programming projects.

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