Training for older people in the basics of computing and the Internet
Since I set up this site site which has now over 28,000 hits,i have received very positive responses from people in the older age bracket,the most recent comment which i received is posted here.
“What national channel? I gave up on tv 15 years ago, I haven’t even got a set. In the residential home where I work, we have a giant HD set and the poor old ladies have nothing to watch on it. They are bored senseless, apart from Fair City , they watch the news and even that disappoints cos we’re never mentioned. i take in my laptop and show them youtube videos and they really love seeing local farmers silaging, local fairs and even the stuff teenagers post. Some of them haven’t left the place in 5 years so even a video of the local main street is really appreciated. Time for RTE to decentralise and hand over to the counties, and instead of highy paid proffessionals, local talent. “
When we think of the internet we think it can only be utilised by a younger generation who spend their time surfing the net on Bebo,My Space ,brought up with games so there is a natural progression.
With the introduction of Broadband to the the rural country locations in Ireland ,more and more people are taking up on it and buying a computer ,there are now more Adult training courses as run in the local college in Croom by Colaiste Chiarain www.cco.ie
These well run courses are taking the fear factor away for a generation of people who never had the opportunity to use a computer.Dublin City Council and Age Action Ireland have come together and made a video about Training for older people in the basics of computing and the Internet. The Video can be seen in this post.
Age Action Ireland is the national independent organisation on ageing and older people. It acts as a network of organisations and individuals including older people and carers of older people. It is a development agency promoting better policies and services for older people in an ageing society.