It can be quite a difficult endeavour with many members of the elderly community refusing to even touch a computer; but when there are so many benefits to helping them become more technologically savvy, it might be worth the patient legwork on your end.
7 Tips to help Grandma and Grandpa learn the computer ABC
We’ve got some tips to help you get grandma and grandpa up to speed, so that they can be browsing pictures of their grandchildren online and emailing with you, in no time.
- 1. Focus on the personal benefit technology can bring to their lives; i.e. it will help them to get closer to their family and long distance relatives.
- 2. Make the process simple for them. They don’t need to know how to tweet and email and stream movies on Netflix right away!
- 3. Set up their computer and internet service for them. They don’t need to be a part of this process – it may just overwhelm them and put them off the idea.
- 4. Make sure you set up Grandma and Grandpa with an internet security suite. We want to make sure they stick around for a long time – both online and off. Get BullGuard Internet Security 2013 here.
- 5. Create online accounts, such as email and Flickr in advance as well. And make sure you make those passwords memorable, AND write them down somewhere they can easily refer back to.
- 6. Get the family involved. Organize a virtual “Welcoming committee”, to send emails welcoming them to the internet!
- 7. Set up a safe online environment for them and your entire family.
Don’t leave Grandma and Grandpa behind. Get them online and keep them safe!