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UK Get Online Week 2010 Encourages People to Use the Internet

Posted: 18th Oct, 2010 By: MarkJ
uk get online week 2010Today is officially the first day of UK Get Online Week (formerly 'Get Online Day'), which represents a national campaign that aims, unsurprisingly, to encourage at least some of the estimated 10 million Britons who have never used the internet to give it a try.

The campaign runs from the 18th – 24th October 2010 and will be marked by 3,000 planned events across the country. This year they hope to help 80,000 people go online (the first 'Get Online Day' four years ago achieved 10,000) and have even launched a special guide to make it as easy as possible - myguide.

Managing Director of UK online centres, Helen Milner, explains:

"This year we've extended Get online week so anyone can run an event - not just existing UK online centres. While the current freeze on public sector marketing spend means we can't run a big promotional campaign, we have been able to get event holders special packs to help them drive footfall on a local level. We know from experience that local activity on the ground is crucial in getting people to take action and get involved in their communities.

We've also been working closely with UK Digital Champion Martha Lane Fox and her Race Online 2012 partners to raise more general awareness of the campaign, and the benefits of being online. Support for Get online week is coming from organisations including BT, mobile network 3, the Post Office and the Museums and Library Authority, while the BBC's First Click media literacy campaign is being timed to complement Get online week."

So if you know somebody who hasn't got the internet but would like to try it then do please give them a hand. However if you know somebody who hasn't got it and swears blind that they don't want it then don't badger them too much.

The internet is wonderful but it shouldn't be mandatory and, believe it or not, some people can live without it and still enjoy life. Shocking though that may seem. For more information and to see how you can still get involved, visit: http://www.getonlineweek.com.
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