The elderly are being left behind by the government's attempts to deliver internet services, the National Audit Office (NAO) has warned.
According to the public spending watchdog fewer than one in six people above the age of 65 have ever visited a website or sent an email.
In contrast, more than nine out of every 10 people aged between 15 and 25 have accessed the internet.
NAO head Sir John Bourn told ministers to work on reversing the "digital divide".
Online services are potentially "a great boon to older people" with mobility problems, or who have difficulty in gaining access to sources of information but who live alone or want to remain independent, Bourn said.
And speaking to the BBC Gordon Lishman, director general of Age Concern England, called on the government to "set and monitor specific targets for older people's usage of the internet".
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