Needing help with computer skills

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 30 November, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 30 November, 2000, 12:00am

I refer to the report headlined, 'Elderly eager to 'surf' ' (South China Morning Post, November 15).

With the rapid growth of modern technology, the number of people using computers is increasing. People from all walks of life, including the elderly, use computers regularly.

A recent survey conducted by the Hong Kong Council of Social Service has revealed that many lonely, elderly people are keen to learn computer skills but have not been given the support needed to acquire such skills.

It is important that we ensure that old people who wish to should be able to gain access to the Internet. If they cannot, it will only widen the gap between older and younger generations.

Many old folk have to get by on meagre pensions or public assistance, so it is impossible for them to buy a computer.

Therefore, the Government should allocate more funds so that such individuals can learn how to use computers.

We are now enjoying the fruits of their hard labour, so we should do something in return to ensure that they can enjoy a pleasant old age.