May 17, 2011 Leave a comment
This Friday, May 20th is Silver Surfers Day. A press release from an organization called Digital Unite tells us that “Being online can improve the lives of the over 55s” and make them feel “with it”. A cringeworthy phrase, but let’s move on.
For those without it – i.e. the ability and knowledge to access the internet, plenty of help is at hand. As a first port of call, two new books from Which? would make a perfect gift or investment for anyone (over 55 or not) grappling with technology. Computing made easy for the over 50s is the perfect guide for helping people to gain confidence using a pc. It starts from a base of no prior computing knowledge and through illustrated, step-by-step tutorials, jargon busters and plenty of helpful tips leads the reader through sending emails, finding information on the internet, using Microsoft Word and Excel, staying safe online and much, much more.
The book is one of a series which includes Internet made easy for the over 50s, and another new title – Laptops and mobile devices made easy. Both are available from bookshops or can be ordered from www.which.co.uk/books (on the assumption you’re already online) or by phone: 01903 828557.
For any older people seeking a more hands-on approach as a starting point, this week (16-20 May) is also Digital Unite’s national Spring Online campaign. Around 2,000 free digital taster events are taking place across the UK in schools, colleges, libraries, UK online centres, cafes, community centres, communal lounges, offices and even pubs, helping thousands of older people to learn about using computers and the internet. To find an event online, visit www.ukonlinecentres.com and enter your town or postcode in the ‘Find a Centre’ search box. More details about the campaign are available at www.springonline.org or call free on 0800 77 1234.