Do you have a parent or loved one over 75 who isn’t familiar with or comfortable using the internet?
If so, it’s time to help them!
Wherever your parents are at, there are some clear benefits to helping them access and learn how to use the internet that include, but not limited to:
- taxpayer assistance for the elderly
- online shopping (groceries delivered right to their door!)
- online banking
- online coupons
- communication with caregivers
- communication with long-distance friends & relatives
- communication with grandchildren!
- socialization (skype!)
- games (chess, bridge, solitare, etc. all keep the mind active!)
- sharing photos
The list could go on and on! Need some help helping your parent or loved one? Here are some ideas to get you started:
- If they’ve never used the internet before, start with just showing them some websites, services, games, or features that THEY might be interested in.
- Once they’re interested in learning more, show them the basics first.
- If you are doing the teaching yourself, read these helpful tips from an IT teacher whose students are 60+.
- If you don’t have the patience or don’t consider yourself a good teacher, you can set up your parents with Skillfull Senior, a basic step by step tutorial in all things online, created specifically for seniors!
- Once they are comfortable with the basics, there are a ton of resources available online! Check out GCFLearnFree.org!
- If they prefer a more interactive style of learning, with an instructor, there are likely classes available in your community!
- Get them set up with Geek Squad so they can get help with any computer issues.
- Check out the great video below for even more wonderful tips: