Help me introduce my 72 year old mother to the Internet
January 14, 2014 6:30 PM Subscribe
I bought my Mom a computer for Christmas and I'm heading down to see her this weekend to orient her to the online world.
posted by jason's_planet to Computers & Internet (19 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I'd like to ask for resources and advice that might help me in this project. What exactly should I teach her?
First off, I'd like to teach her the nuts and bolts of actually using the internet. I mean, on a real basic level. This is a mouse. This, on the screen, is the cursor. You move the cursor with the mouse, etc. What are the skills to impart at her level of experience? Are there any online tutorials that she could use in my absence?
Secondly, what advice would you give to someone who is new to Internet culture? I intend to set up an anonymous account for her on a webmail service and to advise her to be wary of sharing too much information or posting under her real name. What else would you advise her? My Mom is very sensitive and I worry a little about how she would react to the sections of the web that are . . . not very sensitive.
And in closing, what are some websites I can show her that relate to her interests? Some of her interests are:
--genealogy (I have set up an ancestry.com account for her. That much is covered.)
--her book club
--the British Royal Family
Any help you can render me would be deeply appreciated. Many thanks in advance!