Help!...........with OAP LOL

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Found 11th Aug 2008
My nan is nearly 67 and she wants to get the internet as she likes having a good gander at stuff and she has nothing better to do so she is getting internet for £9 a month which im paying for her and i've bought her a pc which is basic (512mb ram pentium 4 2.3ghz etc) and im plugging it into the HDTV instead of a monitor incase she dont get the hang of the internet.

The thing is she only has experience with excel i.e entering data but that probs wont help her.
I was just wondering if anyone had any tips on how to teach a OAP how to use the internet and a computer for really basic things. like closing down a window and using search engines etc.

is there any books that would help her? or any online guides?

Thanks for your help!! i hope

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i have recnetly tryed teaching my parents who are between 49 and 55 and it was a nightmare!

Talk to your local council or educational resource centres or even the local library. They run free OAP courses as i sent my mum on one.

Shame there wasn't one for how to use a mobile phone though lol

get her an account on here

Original Poster

lol the thing is that she picked up how to text really well, she now uses words like lol and kk and 2 and u

stuff like that! the only gran i know that lol's

My mother went to a 'beginners course' in computers. She kept on having problems such as...

Mother: 'why doesn't my mouse work???'
Instructor: 'Are you left handed or something?'
Mother: 'no'
Instructor: 'then use the mouse for YOUR computer'

Things like that. Then the instructor got irritated one time and called her stupid so she stood up, gathered her things and she said 'Well...well...can you bake a cake??' and left where they had her deposit waiting for her saying that noone these days is really a beginner with computers and that everyone should know the very basics so she was at the wrong place.

Now I have to do all the computer stuff for her, lol, bless her.

make sure you install logmein on it, then you can show her what to do remotely

Original Poster

what does this logmein do exactly?

Original Poster

bump!!!

Your nan kinda sounds like my nan..my nan was the youngest nan i have ever met! she used to go round wigan on boxing night (round wigan its a huge night fancy dress) and she dressed up haha sexy french maids! Grandad was thunderbirds with his friends haha.My nan was off her rocker, and only ever shopped in river island! She was the most specialist person i know and i lost my soul mate when i lost my nan this april. So i know this is a thread about ur nan using the internet, but make sure you always tell ur nan how much she means to you....xxxx

kiwinator;2726234

what does this logmein do exactly?



Its a free remote control software that doesn't require an invite and doesn't expire.
Goto logmein.com and create a "free" account, then download and install on her pc.
So anytime you can log on through the net and use her computer in a browser window, good for checking av and anti spyware software is kept up to date. as well

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missgem;2726836

Your nan kinda sounds like my nan..my nan was the youngest nan i have … Your nan kinda sounds like my nan..my nan was the youngest nan i have ever met! she used to go round wigan on boxing night (round wigan its a huge night fancy dress) and she dressed up haha sexy french maids! Grandad was thunderbirds with his friends haha.My nan was off her rocker, and only ever shopped in river island! She was the most specialist person i know and i lost my soul mate when i lost my nan this april. So i know this is a thread about ur nan using the internet, but make sure you always tell ur nan how much she means to you....xxxx


awww, sounds like a cool nan!! Sorry to hear that

cheers maddogb

My mum (aged 80) learned a lot from a beginners section on the BBC bbc.co.uk/com…ne/. She really enjoyed it too

REDRANGER86;2725781

i have recnetly tryed teaching my parents who are between 49 and 55 and … i have recnetly tryed teaching my parents who are between 49 and 55 and it was a nightmare!



yer same-

YOURE GOING TOO FAST SLOW DOWN

Mum im turning on the computer

Original Poster

lol, thanks sussanah!!!

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Susannah;2728251

My mum (aged 80) learned a lot from a beginners section on the BBC … My mum (aged 80) learned a lot from a beginners section on the BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/computertutor/computertutorone/. She really enjoyed it too


thats really basic. if she can do excel I think she probably knows what a mouse and keyboard is ;-)

This one is more appropriate (email / internet)

bbc.co.uk/web…se/

http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk173/csiman2/ScreenShot001-3.jpg

Word of warning - you will forever be the 'go to guy' every time 'something comes up on my screen' for this life and every life afterwards.

I often regret ever taking my partners grandmother from her allotment and placing her in front of a new laptop. Biggest regret ever, in fact.

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TGB;2729720

Word of warning - you will forever be the 'go to guy' every time … Word of warning - you will forever be the 'go to guy' every time 'something comes up on my screen' for this life and every life afterwards.I often regret ever taking my partners grandmother from her allotment and placing her in front of a new laptop. Biggest regret ever, in fact.


LOL, so true. Why is it that when I have to spend an hour or two around my mates house fixing his computer on a monthly basis, he buys me a pint;

Yet, when I want my ceiling plastered by my mate, he charges me 'mate rate' of £50 and does it in 4 hours :thumbsup:

I'm a computer programmer BTW :x

csiman;2729693

thats really basic. if she can do excel I think she probably knows what a … thats really basic. if she can do excel I think she probably knows what a mouse and keyboard is ;-)This one is more appropriate (email / internet)http://www.bbc.co.uk/webwise/course/



Even so this is useful to brush up and actually does more than the basics. It involves playing simple games that speed up the ability to drag and drop, double click and navigate. My mother already knew how to use a computer but found this invaluable to 'speed her up'. She moved on later to the resources you show. Always best to start off with something not too challenging IMHO.

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Susannah;2729964

Even so this is useful to brush up and actually does more than the … Even so this is useful to brush up and actually does more than the basics. It involves playing simple games that speed up the ability to drag and drop, double click and navigate. My mother already knew how to use a computer but found this invaluable to 'speed her up'. She moved on later to the resources you show. Always best to start off with something not too challenging IMHO.


Fair comment :thumbsup:

Original Poster

she did excel years ago and that site that sussanah suggested is perfect

the site csi man suggested will also be good once she gets the basic skills

thanks guys n gals!

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kiwinator;2733256

she did excel years ago and that site that sussanah suggested is perfect … she did excel years ago and that site that sussanah suggested is perfect the site csi man suggested will also be good once she gets the basic skills :)thanks guys n gals!


wot no rep :w00t:

only kidding. I'm no rep junkie ;-)

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csiman;2735504

wot no rep :w00t:only kidding. I'm no rep junkie ;-)


i did give you rep :)_
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