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Going beyond the basics

Once you've gone through the basics, it's time for your friend or relative to practice and explore the internet on their own.

Practice makes perfect

Practice makes perfect with UK Online Centres

Learn My Way Online Basics offer a great range of free, online courses your beginner can use.

These are the perfect next step for the person you've been teaching to practice what they've learnt with you and to develop further skills. To access these courses, just register here

UK Online Centres also have hubs all over the UK, where tutors and volunteers can help your beginner to complete the easy-to-use Online Basics courses in person.

You can search for a nearby centre on the UK Online Centers website or call 0800 77 1234, 8am to 10pm 7 days a week.

Learn, socialise and have fun

There are also lots of local groups and online forums that might be interesting to the person you've been teaching.

Some of the online forums run by our partners may be a good place to start. UK Online Centres have a forum discussing both their courses and general web topics, while the forum from Race Online 2012 covers the wider subject of how to get the UK online.

Netmums have a chat forum on a huge selection of topics concerning parenting and Age UK's online discussion boards range from computing to gardening.

Local or online courses are also a great way to use the internet to learn new skills and socialise. Perhaps your beginner has a special interest in a certain hobby or subject and you could help them enroll on a course? A simple search online should give you some good ideas.

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