Silver Surfer week gets under way

Going online improves the lives of over-55s and helps gran get “with it”, according to a new survey.

More than 80% of people aged over 55 say their lives have been improved by going online, according to research by Digital Unite - which helps older people get to grips with technology.

The research coincides with Digital Unite's Spring Online with Silver Surfers' Day campaign, running all this week. The campaign will see over 2,000 free digital taster sessions offered to older people across the country in a bid to highlight the benefits of the internet.

Helen Milner, managing director of UK online centres, where people can attend free web courses, said: "For many people computers and the internet can be confusing and a little scary, but they can open up new opportunities and even whole new worlds.

"From keeping in touch with friends and family to saving money or pursuing interests and hobbies, technology can help you do whateveryouwant to do. At a Spring Online event, people can get a helping hand to give computers and the internet a go - for free."

Broadcaster Sky has also joined forces with YouGov to map out exactly how older people are using the internet:

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