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elderly and the internet

Did you ever imagine that your grandparents will be using the Internet as much as you do? Although it’s not breaking the news that the elderly have attained a skill to use the computers and the Internet, it’s still hard to believe it’s happening.

But, how does an older person interact with the Internet and how does it affect them?

Can you learn a new skill when you’re old?

It’s a no brainer that with aging our abilities change in the direction we never imagined it would. We lose the smoothness in learning the new stuff, and it affects our overall performance. Our sensory and motor functions changes with time, especially hearing, vision, and motor skills. This directly affects the speed in learning to use the computer or the Internet.seniors and the computers

A gradual change in vision leads to the fact that seniors often can’t get used to the web design or its features. The changes in color, interfaces, fonts or navigation, layout style, etc. can do the work in case of a senior using the Internet. On the other hand, if a website uses sound excerpts, they should be adjusted to them. Since older adults usually have more sensitive hearing than the rest of us, it’s important to make a website that’s not too noisy.

seniors and the internetFinally, the cognitive skills are also playing the major role in learning the older adults to use the Internet or a computer. In most cases, elderly are struggling with working memory impairments, which means that they often forget and are not able to grasp a new skill fast. It’s like you’re teaching a person with a learning disability. They need time to get even the most obvious stuff, but that’s not to say they’re slow. It’s just their brain doesn’t work as fast as it used to.

What happens when they finally get it?

Once a senior gets on the computers and the Internet, they are going to use it as if they knew it their whole life. If they overcame the anxiety of using the computer, your grandma or grandpa would be able to communicate with you on almost every social media platform there is. Don’t be surprised if you find a friend request from them in your mailbox!

How to teach a kid to code?

Kids are fast learners, and one of the things they are interested in is coding. To the adults, it may seem like too complicated to understand, but the truth is with the right books and a good teacher, a kid can learn to code in no time.

coding for kids

Here are some tips on how to teach a kid to code.

#1 Find a good resource

There are a lot of free tools and resources that can help your kid to learn to code. Starting with Google’s Made with Code or MIT Media Lab’s Scratch team is a nice way to give them the basis of this seemingly complex activity. Without the good book or an app, your kid might not learn all there is about coding, which will give him a shaky start for the future. Also, consider games for learning the coding because they’re fun and interactive.

#2 Show them, don’t just talk

If you’re teaching a smaller group of kids, it’s recommended that all have their computers to work. It’s necessary because programming is a hands-on thing and like playing the musical instrument, you can’t do it without that.

#3 Don’t get too much into the science

The history of computers or scientific methods used in computer science may be great topics for you, but kids aren’t going to enjoy it as much. The key to successful learning the coding is to give them practical knowledge and save the science for later. It’s important to keep the kid interested in it, rather than sharing all there is about computers. If they want to, you should show them some additional books or resources on the computer science. But, if not, keep it plain and easy.

#4 Let them do the work

It’s crucial to let the kid do the job on the computer. Since coding is a skill that needs to be done on the spot, you need to let them do the work. Suppress the urge to jump into the keyboard or mouse and do the job for them. Encourage them to get familiar with the computer, even when they’re clicking on the wrong stuff.