Internet use 'must be made accessible to over 50s'

More efforts should be made to make the internet more accessible for over 50s, according to an IT training firm.

A computer training provider has called for more efforts to be taken to make the internet accessible and appealing for the over 50s.

Recent research by Age Concern and Help the Aged has revealed that older people are missing out on online finance options because they are less willing to use the internet than young people.

Over 50s IT training company Digital Unite has suggested that this reluctance stems from a lack of experience with computers, as well as confusion over jargon and youth-oriented computer training schemes.

Gill Adams, information manager for the firm, advised that over 50s should be motivated in ways that they can engage with, such as by explaining more clearly how IT use can benefit their age group.

This may include promoting cheaper online deals for insurance and holidays or explaining how grandparents can share family photos online.

Mr Adams added: "Once people get it, they love it and age is no barrier - we've proved that so many times."

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