Welho's popular Web Help courses for seniors continue in September. 24 free study groups are organised together with Helsinki metropolitan area libraries and seniors' society of information technology, Enter ry.
The Web Help campaign started last Spring and the study groups received positive feedback. Participants felt that studying in small groups was useful and practical: they learned how to use email, make eTicket reservations and watch online videos among other skills. They wished also for advanced studies and brush-up lessons after the course.
The campaign is based on a study made by TNS Gallup. According to study, over a half of people aged between 58 and 69 years wanted to improve their internet skills. Over 20 % felt that they were being left outside information society because they didn't have good enough skills for web. Most of the respondents received help from friends or relatives and 50% of them were interested in taking part in an internet skills course. The study was conducted by interviewing 300 people aged between 58 and 69 years living in Helsinki metropolitan area.
The study material used in the course can also be found free of charge in Welho's Web Help website, Nettiapu.fi.
Welho is part of SWelcom, the electronic media division of the SanomaWSOY Group. As of 1 October 2008 SWelcom will change its name to Sanoma Entertainment.