Therfield could see wave of 'silver surfers'

PUBLISHED: 15:59 25 February 2008 | UPDATED: 15:41 11 May 2010

MP Oliver Heald with Jean Hayes and pupils from Therfield First School

MP Oliver Heald with Jean Hayes and pupils from Therfield First School

THERFIELD could see a wave of silver surfers taking to their computers after the village school held an internet rangers day.



The event, which was run in association with BT, saw pupils at Therfield First School give family members and friends lessons

THERFIELD could see a wave of 'silver surfers' taking to their computers after the village school held an internet rangers day.

The event, which was run in association with BT, saw pupils at Therfield First School give family members and friends' lessons on using computers and the internet.

Organisers hope the day will encourage those participating to join the growing number of 'silver surfers' - members of the older generation who use the internet regularly.

Teacher Christine Taylor said: "The children have got a programme of activities to do throughout the day, which ranges from quizzes to showing our visitors how to use search engines.

"The pupils have been really enthusiastic so far, I think it's been a successful event," she said.

One of the people being introduced to the internet for the first time was Don Kingsley. He said: "I was a pupil at this school in 1937, and there weren't many computers around then!

"We do have a computer at home but my wife is the only one who uses it, I've never touched the thing. The internet is a new world to me but it's certainly been a good experience so far."

Oliver Heald, MP for North East Herts, was also in attendance. He said: "I've always been very enthusiastic about modern technology, and was the first MP to offer constituents an email service.

"This is an excellent initiative, and I think young people really appreciate being given the chance to pass on their knowledge to the older generation."

Annette Thorpe, BT regional partnership manager for the East of England, added: "Internet Rangers is a nationwide scheme, and it's very pleasing to see rural schools such as Therfield getting involved and embracing technology.

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