Date lodged: 12 April 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to increase the number of older people who access the internet.
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 19 April 2017
The Scottish Government’s digital participation campaign “Let’s Get Online” encourages older people to take those first steps to getting online by offering support and promoting the benefits of using digital devices. Since 2014 the campaign has carried out 133 days of activity in 149 locations across Scotland including Shetland, Orkney and Western Isles.
Supported by local TV and radio, we provided a roadshow of free, face to face internet taster sessions signposting people to training in their local area. Around 37,000 people have been given practical help and advice which has contributed to a 10% increase in the number of older people who access the internet.