Five good reasons to get online
For people who aren't online, they are missing out on the benefits of the internet. Getting online can save time and money, for example:
- email can be a great way of staying in touch with family and friends, even if they’re on the other side of the world
- price comparison websites can identify savings on household bills
- banking online can save queuing on the high street
- the internet can be a huge help when you're searching and applying for jobs
- there’s a vast range of information to help students with their research - and children with their homework
Tips for helping someone get started online
Make it relevant
Show them how the internet can relate to something they are interested in - such as sport, history or shopping. If people can see the benefits of getting online, they'll be more likely to make an effort.
It may take some time and perseverance when teaching someone to use a mouse, for example. It's easy to assume the person you are teaching has basic knowledge of the internet and computers - but many people have never used a computer before. It takes time to learn something new.
It might be best to show the basics slowly and go over them a few times so you can be sure they have understood. Keep it as simple as possible and avoid using jargon or complicated terms.
Let them have a go
It is often said that the best way to learn is by making mistakes, so let them have a go themselves while you keep an eye on what they are doing.
Become a digital champion
A Digital Champion is someone who gives up a small amount of their time to share their knowledge and experience of the internet to show others the benefits of being online.
Find out more at the Supporting Communities website.