Ways to Help the Elderly Use the Internet

The modern age and the technology that goes with it are sometimes daunting to the elderly. If you were born in the 20’s or 30’s you would also be a bit scared of using something so new and innovative if you aren’t used to it.  It is difficult to encourage people to become computer-literate if they are unsure or not interested. They sometimes feel that the internet is for young people only and are unaware of the knowledge they can gain from this fountain of useful information. It is our responsibility to introduce this wonderful world to those that didn’t have it while growing up.  They can also better their lives with online shopping and banking. Here are a few ways to make the elderly people in your life comfortable with the internet. Click here to read more about the security on the internet.

You can start slowly by changing their device settings to a simpler format. Make the font larger and create enough shortcuts to make everything easily accessible.  You can also make sounds louder so that a new email becomes a habit to open and read. Elderly people don’t like buttons so remember that touch screens are easier to use and more visible. A mouse is taboo so make sure you get your loved one used to a tablet rather than a computer. Make sure that you train them up first on most of the basic tasks on the tablet and progress with time. Click here for tips on teaching someone a skill.

Consider that tech language is scary so wait a bit before revealing things like “cookies” or “buffering”. Leave the short lingo at the door and stick to the basics. You might be surprised by your elderly student’s ability to learn but don’t push too hard with the tech lingo. The openness of the internet can also be a bit confusing to new internet users. Make sure you let them know that everything doesn’t cost money. They can download many apps for free and enjoy reading their favorite articles for free. This is a pleasant surprise that you will give them but also make them aware of in-app purchases so that they don’t end up with an empty account due to clicking the purchase button without realizing it.

The next obstacle you will have to face is to assure them that personal information online isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It will be up to you to explain to them that internet business would not happen every day if there weren’t security measures in place. This is especially true for online banking and websites where purchases are made online. Once again it is important to let them know when to capture their information and when to refrain from it. Stephen Collins is a software marketing guru and with all the sales and businesses he has helped get off the ground you can imagine that security is everything.  Allow your pupil to read about influential internet wizards like this man to give them the opportunity to trust.