Sometimes it is surprising just how many people are being left behind by the rapid advances in IT. The older generations at times feel completely lost and isolated by the computer/Internet revolution.
Going home to visit parents for many tech savvy people means teaching their parents a whole plethora of techie tasks. Anything from anti-malware scans to installing the new printer.
Somebody rather clever from the Google team has come up with a great idea. ‘Why not build a website to help parents with simple techie tasks?’ The site is called TeachParentstech.org and helps the children of luddite parents teach them some basic computer skills.
Google Teaching Tech to Our Parents
The idea is that the child (or anyone looking to help someone out) can find the ‘How To’ video and send it in an email to the person who needs help. The email will arrive with a message and a link to the video (God help those who can’t yet figure out email). There are more than 50 ‘How To’ videos available and presumably growing.
The most frustrating thing about helping somebody who does not have a clue about IT is all the sneaky things programmed into software. Why does iTunes and Yahoo Messenger feel the need to run in the back ground without asking for permission.
The amount of third party data tracking (cookies) that fill up browsing caches slowing down Internet speeds. Of course all the malware and spyware floating around that can really mess up a computer.
If you don’t know what you’re doing, surfing the net is a mine field.