Berkshire internet pupil, 74, becomes tutor

Frederick Biggs Frederick Biggs was named Age UK's internet champion in 2010

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A 74-year-old Berkshire man who learned to use the internet is urging other people to get online.

Frederick Briggs, of Maidenhead, said he felt like "a bit of a dinosaur" when he joined an internet course, in 2009.

He said he was most worried about "doing damage" to the computer but wants to reassure others there is nothing to be scared of.

His comments come as BBC launches its Give an Hour campaign to encourage more people to use the internet.

When the clocks go back, the BBC is challenging people to use the extra hour to help someone they know get online.

Mr Briggs, who learned his skills on an Age UK "silver surfers" course, said having one-to-one help in the early stages was a huge help.

'Keeps mind active'

"When you start, you put your hand on the mouse and the cursor goes everywhere," he said.

"I was worried that I might do some damage by doing something silly, but short of pulling the plug out, you're not going to."

In 2010, Mr Briggs was named Age UK's internet champion and works with the charity to encourage others to get online.

He said: "It's available 24 hours a day. It's ideal for people who are disabled or who have problems getting out. I think it keeps your mind active.

"I use it as a source of information, for communication and for shopping online - it's very convenient.

"I started off using the library computers before I got one of my own."

A survey found BBC Radio Berkshire has more listeners who use the internet than any other local BBC radio station outside of London.

According to Radio Joint Audience Research (RAJAR), just 19% of listeners have never been online, compared with 38% in Cumbria or Lincolnshire.

Only 9% of BBC London listeners said they had not used the internet.

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