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Students Give Over 50's A Lesson In Silver Surfing

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7:53am 22nd June 2012

Pupils from Beaminster School have been helping older people get to grips with the internet today.

The IT students from Year 10 were invited along to Glebe Court by Magna Housing.

The silver surfer training sessions are aimed at showing the over 50's how they can use email, skype and social networking to stay in touch with family and friends.

Ken Bodycombe, community development manager for Magna Housing Association, which is sponsoring the session along with Dorset POPP (Partnership for Older People Programme), said: "With Skype, you can see the person you're speaking to, which makes it a great way of catching up with people, especially those who live a long way away. Unlike the telephone, you can Skype someone in Australia and it doesn't cost you a penny."

Other activities will include basic computer skills for internet use, using Google to find things on the internet, access to music, films, TV and radio online, online shopping, personal security and safety awareness, where to access the internet (eg libraries, community centres and internet cafes) and access to further information and training.

Dominic Knorpel, POPP's community leader for Beaminster and Loders area, said: "This day is a chance for older people to ask questions which may have been bothering them or just to get stuck in and try it out."

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