Help my elderly mother see the internet without /using/ the internet.
November 15, 2012 11:21 AM Subscribe
Help me figure out how to set up an iPad so my elderly mother (who is intimidated by the internet) can view Facebook, etc with a highly reduced chance of accidentally doing … anything. I'm hoping to find a way to use FB (etc) in read-only mode, but maybe you have other ideas.
posted by Ookseer to Computers & Internet (11 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
My elderly mother is starting to feel cut off from her children and grandchildren because she's too intimidated by the internet to access Facebook, etc. We have a spare iPad that she more-or-less understands how to use (She knows how to launch apps, scroll, zoom, click). She's not technophobic, but she is very slow to learn and doesn't have an intuition for tech. For example she still doesn't know that the triangle on the remote control means "play".
We're thinking it would be great if she could see/read what her family is up to on Facebook, Twitter, Flicker, their blogs, etc in a safe "you can't do anything you'll regret" environment. Sort of a picture frame meets newspaper. Regularly updated with stuff, but all you can do is read it. Ideally only read it so she doesn't have to worry about accidentally touching a link and finding herself in a scary internet cul de sac, doing something that makes her look foolish, or need to bug a family member for technical assistance. Once she's comfortable with reading we'll get her to start contributing, but we don't want to scare her off.
I think I have the other services figured out but Facebook is the highest priority. It's kind of a nightmare of links and no one knows how the interface (which constantly changes) works. I think I'm looking for an app, webapp, Facebook setting, etc that really just shows the activity stream without too many other distractions. Any ideas?