I have just come across an organisation which helps people in the local Caerphilly area get online and learn about the use of technology. The organisation is called Get Caerphilly Online and states in its homepage that figures confirm that 40,000 people in the Caerphilly area are considered to be digitally excluded! This figure has astounded me as someone who spends an awful lot of her time online. There are so many things that you can do as both an individual and a business online that I cannot imagine not having that option.
Start Them at a Young Age:
My son is actually better at some aspects of technology than me! That is down to the fact that at school he actually learns how to do things like web-design. He has even designed his own website for his hobby. I am in awe at how much young people seem to know these days. When our generation need a web-site designing we have to go and find someone knowledgeable about web design in Caerphilly such as Amity Web Design. You will find that virtually all businesses now have need of a functional and good looking website to promote their products, along with the burgeoning influence of social media it is a necessity. Give it a few years and we will be getting the kids to do it for us.
Having access to the internet allows us to communicate at a level that we could not previously even dream of. We can design our own sites, speak to the other side of the world, shop until we drop and share the things that we enjoy with others; all at the click of a button. It’s not difficult to do either. I think that sometimes we are just scared of the unknown. So I am all for people learning about technology and using it to their advantage. People all over are learning software packages and web design, from Cardiff to London to Glasgow. It is opening the world to us and we should grab it with both hands.
Helping Us to Live Our Lives:
So much of modern day life now relies on websites and the internet that not being able to access it seems to limit people in so many ways. Given the technology and a bit of knowledge it enables people who cannot get out to do things like online grocery shopping. It allows people to get information which they would not previously have had access to very easily. It seems almost criminal that there are some who cannot take advantage of things like paying bills online or keeping in touch with family. The internet should be accessible to all.
So, I am pleased to see organisations like the one in Caerphilly helping people out, holding that door open for them. I appreciate that as time goes on there will be less and less people who need the support, but until the kids take over it is a very good thing.
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