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Educational benefits

With appropriate safeguards, the internet provides some fantastic learning opportunities for both children and adults. But many online resources need a fairly fast and reliable connection. Fibre broadband is now available to 96% of Dorset premises.

Broader horizons

The internet also helps keep us informed, giving a global view at the click of a mouse. Like books, this helps children widen their knowledge beyond their immediate surroundings. It can help everyone understand different cultures, world-wide issues, understand history, learn new languages and much more.

Skills for the future

Most jobs these days require digital skills, whether it's using Microsoft Office, HTML or simply opening and sending emails. Children are able to build these skills from an early age, which will make them more employable in the future.

And from plumbing to gardening, the internet can teach us how to do anything from fixing a dripping tap to pruning a tree - all for free. These video tutorials do need good broadband however.

Security

In the same way that children learn about the dangers of the real world over time, appropriate exposure to the online world over time gives young people the skills to manage their digital presence through managing privacy settings, cookies, location sharing and more.

What next?

  1. Check whether you can get fibre broadband
  2. Shop aroundfor a fibre broadband package that meets your needs and budget
  3. Contact the internet provider
  4. Tell them you want to switch to a fibre broadband service. They will sort out details such as activation/installation date
  5. Enjoy the educational and other benefits of faster, more reliable broadband

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