My 70+ year old mother-in-law just bought herself an iPad. Great! Except that she has LITERALLY never used a computer in her life. How should I approach teaching her how to use it?
My mother-in-law got herself an iPad so that she could interact with my son more than twice a year. Previous to this purchase, she has been distrustful and woefully ignorant about anything computer-technology related. For example, whenever she hears something on the television about a computer virus, she unplugs my wife's old pre-Pentium I computer modem from the phone jack. Doesn't matter that the computer hasn't been turned on in probably a decade.
When she arrived home with her new iPad, she didn't like that she couldn't "turn it off." She was also freaked out that someone may have seen her carry it in the house so she PUT IT IN THE GUEST BEDROOM AND CLOSED THE DOOR. So there it sits.
She will be visiting us at the end of the week and I assume the new iPad will be coming with her. That means that I (the family technology "expert") will be responsible for showing her the ropes. However, I'm kind of at a loss on how to begin, considering that the extent of my mother-in-law's exposure to technology is 1) the use of her cell phone and 2) entering an address into her GPS (which she calls "Maggie", short for "Magellan", the brand name).
I have an iPhone and my wife has an iPod Touch, so we're both familiar with iOS. I'm pretty tech savvy, but I definitely take for granted the knowledge that I have. There's so much to teach - email, Facetime, iMessage, apps, updating, settings, gestures, etc. There's also things that come with experience like web safety, uninstalling/installing an app that isn't working correctly, etc. I don't want to gloss over anything, forget anything, or overwhelm her.
I really want to reiterate that she just isn't computer illiterate, she is almost a computer denier. I will be staring from scratch, a blank slate of a person. I've read this 2-year old AskMe
, but I'm looking for concrete, anecdotal, tactical information.
We've found an iPad for beginners class in her hometown, but I'm afraid that even that will be too much too fast for her. Have you had to teach an aging parent how to use an iPad, specifically? How did you go about it? Thanks so much!