Sheffield teen talks to ministers about the importance of digital skills

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As a report was launched revealing findings that disadvantaged young people in Yorkshire and the Humber do not trust anyone online, Sheffield’s Samuel Cowley, aged 19, attended a parliamentary event to talk about the importance of digital skills and how this can improve young people’s prospects.

He is pictured with Matt Hancock, the minister for digital and culture, and Shannon Beecher from London.

The Prince’s Trust “Slipping through the Net” report, authored by LSE and supported by Samsung, shows that the disadvantages young people face offline are preventing them from making the most of the online world.

Here is what the survey suggests for Yorkshire and the Humber:

- 36% of young people surveyed in Yorkshire and the Humber say they did not trust anyone or almost anyone online

- Only 49% of young people surveyed in Yorkshire and the Humber who set out to find a job through ICTs (Information Communication Technology) achieved this fully or partially

- Worryingly, only 11% of young people surveyed in Yorkshire and the Humber said they asked for help with using ICTs in the last three months.

The sample for the survey contained in the report was a national sample of 1344 young people, including a sample of 318 young people not in education, employment or training (NEETs). 105 of the respondents came from Yorkshire and the Humber.