BT has announced that John Soutar, a 15-year-old Scottish lad who helps out with his mum's business online, is the national winner in its 2008 BT Internet Ranger of the Year Awards.
The awards were a way of giving recognition to young people playing a crucial role in helping older generations get online, part of the wider BT Internet Ranger campaign, that follows the company's findings that a third of parents and grandparents have been encouraged to get online by their younger relatives.
John, pictured here being handed his prize of a laptop and £250 in IT vouchers by Angus McNeil MP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar at the BT Tower in London, has helped his mum, Elspeth, start a new life in the Hebrides by designing a website for the family's holiday cottage business.
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Fascinated with tech
"I have always been fascinated with computers and the internet," said the 15 year old, "it's fantastic to see how sharing the knowledge I have gathered has had a positive impact on my family and local community."
John was described by Angus Macneil, his local MP, as "an excellent role model for his generation and I hope his story will inspire other young people to engage with their local communities to share their skills and help tackle the digital divide."