Kids, Teens Coax Grandparents Online

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A UK ISP is calling for children and teens to offer help to their grandparents in a bid to get more Brits aged 65 and over online.

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Owen Bloodworth, managing director of ISP CharityTalk, said: "Older people can benefit from the numerous savings to be made from shopping and paying bills online. They can get health and exercise information and keep in touch with current affairs. We're calling on the younger generation to take greater responsibility and help bring all these advantages to their grandparents." (See also Apple's Woz: iPad Great for Students, Grandparents.")

Bloodworth's comments come just a week after Ofcom revealed that while there's been a 9 percent rise in the number of 65- to 75-year-olds installing a broadband connection, a third of this age group claim to struggle with technology. Furthermore, research by the Office of National Statistcs revealed in September that more than nine million Brits have never been online.

"Children and young people should be encouraged to connect with the older generation and share their online aptitude. They understand what's possible and can show older people some basic, but impactful, digital skills. For instance how to order their groceries online: a particularly helpful skill for the winter months, with icy pavements a common hazard."

Bloodworth said the Christmas period is an ideal time for kids and teens to give something back to the grandparents who have supported them for so long by providing their own form of "online education."

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