Teaching parents using computer and Internet

  herc182 15:58 19 Feb 2012
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Dear all I have just spent about 4 hours teaching my dad the Internet. It's slow progress!

Is there anything that you know of which would essentially serve as a tutorial for BASICS of windows 7 and the internet that they can study in the meantime?

Ideally something to read or video etc? They have never used a computer so it's really starting at the beginning. Unfortunately I don't have the patience and cannot do it.

Thanks

  Zak 16:34 19 Feb 2012
  Forum Editor 17:24 19 Feb 2012

Learning to use a computer can be a daunting experience for a complete newcomer, and although books can be helpful there's no substitute for having another person to guide you.

I totally understand your "Unfortunately I don't have the patience and cannot do it." comment - it's a very common reaction from people who are asked to teach parents about computing. I'm in agreement with Chronus - try to find out if your local authority runs any basic computing courses.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 17:54 19 Feb 2012

Almost impossible to learn from books, they need someone to show them and allow lots of practice , just learning mouse control is hard enough.

Its a bit like learning to drive - relatives are totally the wrong person to try and do the teaching. Nearly got divorced trying to teach the wife to drive :0) and she just shouts at me when I try and teach her basic computer skills.

Half day sessions at a local community site are the best idea make sthe learning a social activity as well and they see other people "in the same boat" so don't get disheartened.

  herc182 21:16 19 Feb 2012

Thanks for all your suggestions. Think you are right. It's definitely one to one basis which would be most useful. Will drip feed them tutorials and see what there is locally.

Thanks again

  stlucia2 07:50 20 Feb 2012

My wife refuses to learn how to use my PC, so I have to stand by and operate the mouse whenever she wants to read her home-town (overseas) newspaper, and type emails for her.

However, she is becoming accustomed to the tap and swipe actions needed to operate my smart phone, so I'm considering the idea of getting her an Android (or even Apple) tablet. I feel it might be easier to learn than a mouse-operated PC or laptop.

  stlucia2 07:50 20 Feb 2012

My wife refuses to learn how to use my PC, so I have to stand by and operate the mouse whenever she wants to read her home-town (overseas) newspaper, and type emails for her.

However, she is becoming accustomed to the tap and swipe actions needed to operate my smart phone, so I'm considering the idea of getting her an Android (or even Apple) tablet. I feel it might be easier to learn than a mouse-operated PC or laptop.

  stlucia2 07:52 20 Feb 2012

Sorry about the dupe. Is there no way to edit/delete it?

  Jollyjohn 09:42 20 Feb 2012

I would add a new user to the computer, as a limited account, not administrator and tell them to use that account and play! It is very difficult to break a computer. The limited account will prevent them installing anything that might harm the computer.

Show them CTRL-ALT-DEL and the shutdown option in the bottom right hand corner if they get really stuck.

  rawprawn 10:07 20 Feb 2012

Stlucia2 my wife has the same problem, I bought an iPad and she has taken to it like a duck to water. She definitely finds swiping the screen easier than trying to use a mouse.

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