In a world that is becoming more technologically advanced by the day, older citizens need to learn how to use the modern tools if they want to keep up with the times. It would serve them well to pick up a few skills like texting and Emailing, to communicate better with their grandchildren.
If you are a grandchild that would like to help their dear grandparents learn what’s going on with the devices that you are so proficient at using, there are ways to do it. The better the approach you take at helping them, the easier it will be for everyone involved to accomplish the task at hand.
Guide Them through PC Basics
The ever-important personal computer is one piece of technology that we can all find many uses for and grandparents are no different. Taking them through the basics of PC use should begin with the keyboard. They are likely familiar with typewriters and this would be a good way to explain to them how the keyboard is similar. Letting them perform most of the actions with the mouse, should be pretty easy and showing them where to click to get online, will help them a lot.
Show them how to practice typing for a while and let them get use to it. Guiding them through the main points of the Internet, like opening their Email, how to use the address bar, and how to go to a particular website will put them on the path to becoming computer literate.
One of the best ways for grandparents and grandchildren who do not live near each other to communicate with each other is through video chat. Find a program that is relatively easy to use and set up a time to meet with each other ahead of time. There should be a testing area within the settings panel in the program that allows you to make sure everything is working properly and that you will be seen and heard. Explain to your grandparents how the back and forth exchange is supposed to work and any potential time delays and enjoy.
Facebook is another great tool for grandparents to begin their technological education and stay in touch with their grandchildren. Teaching your grandparents to use Facebook can begin with giving an explanation of what it is for and how it is used. Take them through the steps of opening their account and let them know about their privacy protections. It may even be a good idea to set the privacy options for them.
Guide them through the steps of building their profile and how to recognize when you are communicating with them. Show them how to post pictures and messages so they can share the things they like with you and their other friends and how to find people that they know on the site. It is also good to show them how to find areas of interest to them and how they can have fun with it.
Showing your grandparents how to use instant messaging (IM) services, may be an easier way than some other tasks to stay in touch with you and other loved ones. Explain to them how you both have to be online at the same time to use it and how it is basically like a normal conversation in real time. They can use the IM feature on their Facebook if they would like and talk that way.
Teach them how to add people to the list of those they IM with and how to add contact information. Let them create a unique screen name and a fun image if they would like to. It is also important to let them know they should only chat with people they know and not give out personal information to those who they do not know.
The process of teaching technology to your grandparents can be fun and a great way to spend time together. They will be better off by learning new skills and having new ways to stay in touch with those who they care about. Practice is the best way to improve on their newly learned skills and the whole process can be quite rewarding and useful.
Author: Katelyn Williams is a technology writer and loves writing about helpful topics such as the best senior laptops for your grandparents.
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