Kids can win hi-tech goodies

THE search is on to find Northumberland children who are bridging the generation gap through the Internet.

With iPads, laptops and IT vouchers to be won, plus an additional £100 for the overall winner, the BT Internet Ranger awards scheme is open to any child between the ages of eight and 16 who has used their computer skills to help an older person get online.

Previous winners have achieved this in a range of ways and as a result this has helped members of their family and other elderly people to discover new methods of communicating with their loved ones and have access to financial assistance and the latest medical information.

BT’s North East Regional Director Chris Sayers said: “Internet Rangers is our way of recognising the selfless efforts of young people out there who are helping others enrich their lives by passing on their online skills.

“Over the years our annual competition has unearthed some true heroes, from children helping their disabled or seriously ill parents to make the most of the Internet to youngsters encouraging older generations to become silver surfers.

“To many of us it may be second nature, but for others the simple act of going online can offer life-enhancing benefits.”

Children can be nominated by their friends, family, school, or even by themselves. Visit the scheme’s website at

The closing date to submit applications is Monday, October 24.