During a visit to Lansbury Park’s Parent Network Group the Minister met with some young parents who were attending a session to raise awareness of how the internet could help them in their everyday lives.
Jane Hutt said:
"If children have access to the internet they are more likely to do better at school but they have to have the support of their parents and teachers to access the internet safely.
"The class at Lansbury Park is a good example of how educating parents about what’s available on the internet can help them support their children online. It’s great to see how Communities 2.0’s ‘Digital December’ tools and tips can help the class enjoy fun online activities together. It also helps parents develop their skills so they can save money on gifts bought online and help ensure their children stay safe online."
Commenting on new digital inclusion figures that have been published today Jane Hutt added:
"Figures published today show that good progress is being made against our overall digital inclusion targets. It is encouraging that over the last two years more younger people are grasping the latest technologies and using them to improve their lives.
"However, the figures also show the significant challenge we continue to face in getting older and disabled people and those living in our most deprived communities to improve their lives through technologies.
"Being digitally excluded can lock people in poverty. With public services increasingly going online, including claiming benefits, it’s important that people are not left behind. Our work on digital inclusion is rooted in social justice. We are targeting support at the people most likely to be digitally excluded so that they can improve their quality of life and life chances.
"Alongside partners from across the public, private and third sectors, we will continue to play an active part in getting more people to benefit from using the latest technologies."