Helping the young with tech
From mobile computing to augmented reality to artificial intelligence, technological growth has exploded since the turn of the 21st century. Keeping up can be tough, even for the most dedicated of enthusiasts.
There’s a common assumption that young people have the knowledge and confidence to use technology with ease. The reality is very different.
Slipping Through the Net, a report by the London School of Economics, Samsung and The Prince’s Trust, found that 40 per cent of disadvantaged young people in the UK had low levels of online skills, leaving them vulnerable to opportunists, while 38 per cent felt that no one or almost no one could be trusted in the digital space.
The report highlights the fact that these young people risk being left behind digitally.
The Prince’s Trust is dedicated to helping every young person develop the skills and confidence they need to succeed both online and offline.
We are embedding digital learning across our programmes and increasing training around softer skills to enable the next generation to use technologies safely and effectively. In a groundbreaking move, we are also launching an online learning platform and e-mentoring service.
This will enable us to increase the number of young people we work with and give them greater access to work experience, training and job opportunities.
We hope government, businesses and other organisations will join us in developing new solutions to ensure that young people, whatever their background, can navigate the digital world without fear and make the most of their chances in life. With technology providing so many opportunities, no one should be left behind.
We are currently on the lookout for volunteer e-mentors to support our young people, channel their energies and empower them to fulfil their aspirations. Richard Chadwick, programmes and development director, The Prince’s Trust