Growing up without technology, other than my Spectrum ZX or, in later years, a Gameboy, I can still remember how amazing it was to get my first mobile phone aged 19, a free gift with my student bank account and, admittedly, the size of a brick. Throughout my 20’s technology seemed to move so fast – the introduction of smart phones, televisions, watches and tablets, and now, in my 30’s, it’s hard to imagine, or even remember, a life before the digital revolution!
It fascinates me to see the world through the eyes of my elderly Grandmother, almost 91 years old and completely amazed by how technology has advanced. Even for my own parents, both in their 60’s, they can’t get over the world that is available to them at the touch of their fingertips, and it’s unsurprising that often it can leave them feeling a little overwhelmed.
So it’s understandable that a recent survey revealed one in five people feel left behind by the digital revolution, with more than half struggling to use smart home devices, and a fifth struggling with every day devices including smartphones. 44 % say they have never been taught how to use their devices, and a third don’t fully understand the features on their devices or, 29% state, not knowing how to set them up.
With a whopping 73% of people admitting they would like support to improve their tech skills, this is where the Post Office Broadband is joining forces with Google Digital Garage to launch digital drop-ins across the country to help close the skills gap and boost the nations digital confidence.
Held in a number of UK libraries the events will offer a comfortable space for attendees to ask any questions they may have and learn how to get the most from their internet and internet enabled devices. The drop-ins will get underway in the cities that were revealed to be the least digitally confident – Plymouth, Cardiff, Leeds, Norwich, Belfast and Southampton.
Workshops will be held as 121 sessions and group workshops, and will cover topics such as ‘Device Advice’, ‘Staying Safe Online’ and ‘Getting Started online.’ They will be free and open to anyone who wants to take part to grow their confidence online.
This Friday I will be attending my nearest drop-in at Leeds, so do feel free to come along and join us!
For more information or to register your interest in attending a Post Office and Google Digital Garage Drop-in visit: https://www.postofficedigitaldrop-ins.co.uk/ or call (0800 068 1791).
** This is a collaborative post. I will be attending the drop-in and compensated for my time. **