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(Detroit Free Press)   Teaching seniors to use the internet cuts the risk of depression. Until they discover all the free porn they've been missing   (freep.com) divider line 12
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2014-04-24 08:07:20 AM
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2014-04-24 08:09:12 AM
Wait 'til grandma figures out she can webcam her way to a new Chrysler 300.
 
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2014-04-24 08:47:10 AM
So would Lemon Party make them happy or sad?
 
2014-04-24 09:08:04 AM
Teaching seniors to use the Internet delivers them into the hands of con men. Do not push a computer on grandma. She will get picked clean by who she thinks is a nice lady in Africa who asked for her help.
 
2014-04-24 09:16:32 AM
I'd totally love to see some resources to help get the elderly online.

My aunt lives alone and is desperately lonely. So, I have tried to get her to use Facebook. But thanks to the bobbleheads on Fox News, she's convinced she'll have her identity stolen within minutes. I have tried to reason with her but to no avail.
 
2014-04-24 09:45:33 AM

Punk Rock Hippie: I'd totally love to see some resources to help get the elderly online.

My aunt lives alone and is desperately lonely. So, I have tried to get her to use Facebook. But thanks to the bobbleheads on Fox News, she's convinced she'll have her identity stolen within minutes. I have tried to reason with her but to no avail.


She might not be entirely wrong.

You and I keep up on stuff.  We take precautions.  We change passwords when we need to.  We are cautious about what kind of personal information we put out there.  We're skeptical.  We know about malware and viruses.  We know to look for certain things when posting very sensitive information (like credit card numbers, etc.).   We've in essence grown up with the Internet.

And yet people like us still occasionally get screwed.

Your aunt didn't grow up with the internet.  It's likely that she has no idea how to protect herself online.  The difference is that she *KNOWS* that, and is therefore cautious.   It's actually a pretty smart thing for her.  If she doesn't want to invest the time in learning all the complicated ins and outs of online use, then she's better off staying away.

My father is the same way.  He'll come over to my house and look stuff up on the intarwebs, and even order stuff online, but that's just because he knows I'm right there in case there is a problem.  And he is a very intelligent man.  But like all intelligent people, he understands his own limitations.
 
2014-04-24 11:09:16 AM

Punk Rock Hippie: I'd totally love to see some resources to help get the elderly online.

My aunt lives alone and is desperately lonely. So, I have tried to get her to use Facebook. But thanks to the bobbleheads on Fox News, she's convinced she'll have her identity stolen within minutes. I have tried to reason with her but to no avail.


One of my grandmothers used to think the computer would explode if she touched the wrong key.  Not figuratively.  Literally.  As if it was packed with explosives and rigged to kill.  She genuinely feared computers.  My other grandmother was online back in the 90s.

Some people get it, some don't.
 
2014-04-24 01:28:12 PM
My great uncle is now in a minimum security psychiatric jail because he basically bought a Russian woman from some gangsters in Europe.

What a creep, obviously, but not bad for a 75 year old on the internet.
 
2014-04-24 01:53:11 PM
I gave my mom a computer for her 61st birthday.  She is now 76 and at least has some idea of what to watch out for.

She has arthritis really bad and is a bit of a homebody - being online and doing family history research has been really good for her mentally.  Otherwise, she'd just watch TV.

She used to call me and read me articles from the paper.  Now she calls me and reads me the crazy things certain family members have posted on Facebook.
 
2014-04-24 02:00:51 PM
How teaching seniors about the internet works:

www.itguyswa.com
 
2014-04-24 02:20:15 PM

natgab: How teaching seniors about the internet works:

[www.itguyswa.com image 850x454]


Just seeing that gave me a rage spasm
 
2014-04-25 02:44:33 PM
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
 
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