- 10 per cent of young people rarely use the internet -
16th August 2012
A new report commissioned by the Nominet Trust shows that 10 per cent of all young people aged between 17 and 23 years old rarely use the internet, if at all. It also revealed that some of those surveyed were embarrassed to admit to even friends that they didn’t understand how to use the internet properly and some were unable to use email.
In the UK, the Internet has become an important feature of the lives of the majority of young people for all aspects of their lives. However, there is a significant minority of young people who are not able to navigate or connect properly with the online world. They are, in other words, outside the digital mainstream.
Evidence for this group has been found in nationally representative surveys, where around 10% of young people (aged 17–23) define themselves as lapsed Internet users. That is, they used to use the Internet but no longer do so (OxIS, 2011).
An ‘online market’ for spare hours enables people to build up a track record of reliable micro-volunteering or micro-work to boost their employability.
Lack of experience
People are increasingly trapped in the ‘no experience, so no job interview’ cycle. The rigidity and time commitments required by traditional forms of volunteering or such regularised work are off-putting however micro-volunteering and working would provide this much-needed experience.
Now a new web-based service is allowing individuals to personalise the patterns and amounts of time they are able to work or devote to helping others and by so doing build up valuable work experience across a wide range of activities and organisations.
Supporting the Oxford Internet Institute to remain the authority on internet access, use and attitudes – and the difference this makes for everyday life in Britain.
Understanding internet use The Oxford Internet Surveys (OxIS) are core to the research of the Oxford Internet Institute. In 2013 continued funding from Nominet Trust, will enable OxIS to offer scientific researchers and digital policy-makers access to a detailed source of information about the development of the internet in Britain.
How a new web platform will encourage dialogue between social housing tenants and their landlords to improve services and enhance community spirit.
Empowering experiences A new web application is being developed to help the tenants of social housing developments feel a greater sense of community, empowerment and confidence in their dealings with landlords.
With thanks to Elena Di Antonio, Research Manager at YouthNet for this guest blog.
Last month we ran four online focus groups with young people, as part of our ongoing research looking into young people’s online help-seeking behaviour. Planning and running these online focus groups has been a really interesting process for us and we’ve learnt a great deal, which we thought we’d share with you.
We ran the focus groups using a virtual meeting room, and overall they were a great success: we were pleased with the number of people taking part (28 participants, with only a 12% drop out rate in the total number of young people that originally agreed to take part). Also, participants were generally very engaged throughout and gave us many varied and well considered answers.
Helping rural communities take advantage of the Internet and become ‘digitally included’
24th July 2012
As part of a three-year initiative across Lochaber, Skye and Wester Ross to help local people access the internet, learn new skills and find out more about computers and technology, a launch event will be held in Glendale Village Hall on the 24th July, 2012.
The Get IT Together project, delivered by national charity Citizens Online and funded by Nominet Trust, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, The Highland Council and BT Scotland (as part of the UK-wide Get IT Together programme) is open to anyone interested in learning more about IT and the Internet.