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but depression, self-harm, online bullying and even suicide contacts are increasing exponentially. If we are to help young people we need to listen to what they are telling us about the issues they are facing.” For the first time ever, ChildLine


received more contacts via online channels than by telephone (59% and 41% respectively), showing a shift in the way young people choose to communicate.


Spring Online campaign launched


Schools and colleges are being urged to help local people to ‘Spring Online’ in 2014, as part of the latest digital campaign. The event is one of the biggest digital


inclusion campaigns to help local people to get online. Around seven million people have


utilised in the classroom is developing rapidly. One key finding is that one in five schools have computers which are classed as ineffective or over five years old. Syscap, alongside the


e-learning foundation, recently produced a thorough investigation of the last 10 years to observe these changes in ICT usage in the classroom. The report found that


primary schools have shown a much slower uptake of ICT. It also highlighted that the laptop population has grown from 94,700 in 2001 to 868,000 in 2012.


never used the internet and around six million of those are aged over 55*. Many more don’t have basic online skills like sending emails and browsing the web. As such they are missing out on the huge benefits being online brings, such as saving money, accessing information and keeping in touch with friends and family. Spring Online is Digital Unite’s


award-winning initiative that makes it


possible for thousands of people to try out using computers, tablets and the internet, many for the first time. During one week (31 March–4 April) thousands of free taster events and sessions are held by volunteers and organisations across the UK to help and inspire local people achieve a lasting use of the internet. In its 13-year history, hundreds of


schools have taken part in Spring Online using their ICT facilities to great effect and inviting local people including pupils’ grandparents, friends and neighbours to have a go at computers and the internet. Judith Graham, operations manager


at Digital Unite, said: “Spring Online is a great way for schools to develop their intergenerational activities among their pupils and strengthen links with local communities. “Through the years of this campaign,


"Through the years of this campaign, we’ve seen the powerful and positive effects of bringing the young and old together"


we’ve seen the powerful and positive effects of bringing the young and old together to share an interest and an exploration of modern technology. However you do it, whether it’s with a couple of tablets or utilising your whole ICT suite, your school’s participation in Spring Online can make a massive difference to everyone involved.”


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