Devon Named the ‘Internet Capital’ of the South West

Data compiled by IT support experts, ramsac , has revealed that Devon has the most internet users of any area in the South West.

Overall, the South West saw 4,238,000 people use the internet in a three month period, which is more than the recorded number of users in Scotland or Wales.

Coming out in the top spot of the South West was Devon, with a huge 598,000 users, followed...

Survey reveals South West parents’ broadband battles

Four in 10 families in the South West now have more rows about their internet use than they do about what to watch on TV – as the typical house juggles NINE connected devices at once.

A national poll of 2,000 parents found three quarters have argued about the broadband as they battle to home school and work from home.

And families based in the South West estimate a quarter...

Police forces in the South West record a 45% rise in online child sex crimes

Police forces in the South West logged 487 online child sex offences during 2019/20, a 45% rise from the previous year’s figure of 334.*

Data obtained by the NSPCC reveals 10,391 crimes were recorded by all 46 forces across England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands for 2019/20 – this is the first time the figure has passed the 10,000 mark.

Nationally, the...

Learn Devon launches free online training in response to impact of pandemic

A new range of free courses developed by Learn Devon in response to the coronavirus pandemic is launching today. Learn Devon, who provide adult and community learning courses on behalf of Devon County Council, is offering its full support to anyone looking to get back into work, or for those who want to improve their digital skills, and improve wellbeing. Enrolment is now underway for Learn...

NSPCC and O2 urge parents to make online safety a New Year's resolution

The NSPCC and O2 are urging parents to make online safety a priority for their children if they are given smartphones, tablets or games consoles this Christmas.

The advice comes after the charity and mobile network operator found that thousands of parents who have played the O2 NSPCC Parents vs Kids online safety quiz were getting questions about parental controls wrong.


Plympton pupils take part in International Safer Internet Day

Students from Ridgeway School have taken part in a day to promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology.

The International Safer Internet Day is celebrated in more than 100 countries and is in its thirteenth year. This year’s theme was ‘play your part for a better internet’.

Running up to the day students got involved in a number of activities to help to...

Plymouth teen charged after website attacks

A 15-year-old Plymouth boy has been charged with offences related to cyber attacks on websites around the world.

The 15-year-old, from the Plympton area of the city, was charged on Monday 16th November after an investigation by officers from the Zephyr Regional Cyber Crime Unit.

The boy was charged with three offences under Section 3 of the Computer Misuse Act which relate to...

Council leader heads to Laira depot to see progress on Wi-Fi installation

Leader of Plymouth City Council, Tudor Evans has been to see for himself how work is progressing on the mammoth task of installing free Wi-Fi on every First Great Western Train in the region.

The works to make this happen has involved engineers installing a separate aerial on every single carriage across 53 sets of trains!

Councillor Evans along with Plymouth’s business...

Free WiFi cover on the cards for Plymouth to help city get better connected

Free WiFi covering areas of the waterfront and the city centre could be on the cards for Plymouth.

Visitors, businesses and residents will be able to get online with ease while on the move through their mobile phones, tablets and ipads as part of Plymouth’s wider broadband strategy to get the city better connected through high speed roll-out and digital inclusion.


Project to offer online help with welfare changes

A project designed to get more people online so they don't lose out on benefits and opportunities is to be discussed at the Growth and Prosperity Overview and Scrutiny Panel on Wednesday.

Plymouth Get IT Together was launched earlier this year by Plymouth City Council to target pockets of the city that are not yet internet savvy.

A project manager is currently being appointed...