The only problem with that is, all the internet preditors lurking out there. Several times we've had to rid her computer of viruses, adware, malware and she's even had to get a brand new computer because the one we gave her was simply too old to keep up with today's high memory software.
So how do you go about teaching an elderly person how to use a computer? Well its sort of the same way you teach a child how to use a computer. First thing and foremost you need to protect them before they even get going. Make sure the most up to date virus protection software is installed on their computer. Teach them about internet safety. Tell them what to look for. My mother in law had no clue. Anything shiny or sparkly she clicked on. She had to have "smilies" that she could insert into emails and she forwarded absolutely everything to me, which I soon knew to delete as soon as it arrived in my inbox, especially if it had an attachment.
Over the last five years, she's a little smarter when it comes to the computer, but it was a hard lesson to learn when her bank account got cleaned out after purchasing game tokens on facebook. It was quite the panicky ordeal. I felt so bad for her because even though we warned her not to store her bank account information on facebook, I dont' think she grasped the entirety of how unsafe the internet was until that happened. Thankfully that was an eye opener for her.
Have you ever needed to teach someone how to use a computer? I find that patience is a virtue and the best way is visually. Just like if you were to sit a child in front of the computer, "hands-on" is the best way to do it. Using technical terms will dumb found them and a child.
What is your experience with trying to protect someone from the dangers of the World Wide Web?
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