In a bid to encourage more residents to discover the opportunities and benefits offered by the internet, Teignbridge District Council has signed up as a partner to the national Race Online 2012 programme.
The government funded initiative aims to broaden internet use by the end of the Olympic year, and enable 1.9million people who have never used the internet before to go online for the first time. It is being led by the Government’s UK Digital Champion Martha Lane Fox, who hopes that the UK will become the first nation in the world where everyone has access to the internet.
As part of their pledge to help get more people get online, the council has produced a simple step by step guide to using the internet to help residents get started.
The free guide, available from council reception areas, leisure centres and Tourist Information Centres, gives a range of basic information about how to access and navigate the internet, use search engines and bookmark favourite websites. It also includes information about possible security issues to be aware of, and a list of useful things you can do online, such as buying your weekly food shopping and arranging for it to be delivered directly to your front door, renewing library books and finding out about local services.
In addition to this, as part of the Race Online initiative the council are offering residents’ access to the new British Computer Society E-Safety Course which aims to ensure all learners are able to benefit from using the internet safely. Details and costs will be available from Sunday, May 1 on the council’s website, or by calling the ICT Training Team on 01626 215186.
Simon Barnes, Teignbridge District Council director told the Devon Week: “This free leaflet will be really useful for people wanting to start learning how to use the internet, or improve their online skills.
“Even a basic knowledge of the internet can significantly improve people’s lives, for example accessing the internet to find out information and communicate online offers a great deal of independence.
“It is provides the opportunity to engage with the community through social networking sites, or find out about and access services Government and councils are providing locally.”
(from a press release)