Digital kids spread their skills

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COMPUTER savy students in Bromsgrove have been using their digital dexterity to help those who don't know their mouse from their memory stick.

South Bromsgrove Community High School recently signed up to BT’s Digital Champions programme, which encourages students to share their technological skills by volunteering to mentor and teach people in the local community.

Coordinator of Computing at the school Keith Buncle said: "A number of students at the school were given homework which was quite different.

"They were asked to train a member of their family or a friend how to use some digital technology. This could be anything from teaching grandparents how to use the Internet or teaching a younger sibling how to set up and use a new laptop computer. Some students taught people how to use library systems."

Overall, 153 students from the school were able to train members of their family and friends and it is hoped even more students will get involved in the coming weeks.

So far, more than 24,000 students across the UK have pledged their time, with those benefitting the most including the elderly and the unemployed, who have been taught essential computer skills.

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