Free tutorials help older adults navigate technology

Alicia Colombo

Generations on Line, a local nonprofit, provides free, interactive tablet and smartphone tutorials to help older adults learn how to use technology. There are no ads or in-app purchases, just guided demos to build internet skills and knowledge. You can learn:

  • The basics: Using a touchscreen, enlarging and shrinking a page, scrolling up and down, locating buttons, using the on-screen keyboard.
  • The web: Internet browsing and online safety.
  • Emails & Messages: Texting; video chatting (Skype, Zoom, FaceTime); creating and using an email account
  • More: Using YouTube, the camera, and applications (apps); attaching photos

Go to GenerationsOnLine.org/apps on any internet-enabled tablet or smartphone to access the free tutorials.

Family Guides are also available (GenerationsOnLine.org/family) to assist with purchasing and setting up a device for an older adult. The guides also help with coaching remotely.

For information about Generations on Line programs, call 215-222-6400.

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