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University Helps Baby Boomers Conquer Internet Fear

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Silver surfers are joining the global online world with the help of students at the University of Worcester.

Students are working with the U3A, University of the Third Age, to help members learn how to use Skype, Facebook and connect with family and friends overseas and here in the UK.

It’s having a huge impact on the lives of many users, with one saying she was now able to keep in touch with family in New Zealand. Rosemary Exon, Worcester member of the University of the Third Age, said: “I didn’t want to get left behind and not understand computers. I can email but I wanted to know how to do the little extras like using Skype to stay in touch with my cousin in New Zealand”

Brenda Silverwood was bought a computer by her daughter but wasn’t sure how to use the internet: “For years I was scared of using broadband. Then I heard about the U3A course and thought I would join up and finally learn how to go online!”

Odette Fielding, Riverside Administrator at the University of Worcester, facilitates the class and organises University of Worcester students to help members navigate their way around the internet. Odette said: “It’s a great opportunity for members to learn how to keep in touch online as well as socialise with new people. We provide tea and coffee after the sessions so everyone can mix and discuss what they’ve learnt.”

Annees Yaquoob is studying Web Development at the University of Worcester and decided to volunteer to help on the class. “It’s been a great way to further my skills and gain some more experience and the people I’m working with on the course are really nice.”

For information on all courses at University of Worcester visit www.worcester.ac.uk or for application enquiries telephone 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk