Courses Click With Silver Surfers

from BBC News

The world of blogs, wikis and Web 2.0 is no longer just a young person’s game.

Using computers has overtaken gardening and DIY in the pensioners’ list of hobbies – with pensioners spending an average of six hours online each week, according to Age Concern.

But the charity is nevertheless worried. Many are still excluded, it insists, estimating that nearly half of the UK’s over-50s do not have access to a computer.

For the past ten years, it has been running programmes to help older people become more IT-literate.

And every week its Silver Surfer courses are teaching hundreds of older people the basics – from word processing and email to online shopping and using price comparison websites.

More here.

2 Responses to Courses Click With Silver Surfers

  1. Kseniya Kovalkova April 9, 2016 at 5:11 pm #

    I think this course is absolute genius. I think it is wonderful to teach a great number of people over 50 how to use a computer. In this day and age almost everything can be done on a computer. Therefore, to teach the older generation is a great thing. They are able to do many things on the computer once they are taught how to use it. Especially for the older generation that can not get out as much it is perfect for them. For the elderly that can not walk as much and get out it is perfect for them to be able to know how to use a computer because it offers them so many advantages. My grandmother just learned how to use a laptop and she loves for watching all of her Russian television shows that she was not able to watch before. But when her laptop has a problem I am the first one she calls. I am always willing to be by her side and to help her. I believe this course is amazing and many more should be available.

  2. Veera Sandhu April 9, 2016 at 6:01 pm #

    I think this is a great idea to let older people who are hesitant towards technology learn some basic stuff about smartphones, computers, and all other tech. These courses are designed for people who are hesitant and old, so that they are not scared or embarrassed from the younger people. I had a computer classes in community college where there were couple people in their mid 40’s or 50’s who were clearly uncomfortable and they just did not fit in regards to the younger students like me. So to provide them with online courses that demonstrate basic knowledge is definitely going to help them understanding today’s technologies.
    This particular online courses not only helps older people but they can also be used for the students who wants to be stay home education people.
    This will only help people in my opinion and I’m sure the illiterate group of people will gain from this course.

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