In this internet era, where everything is technology based, the seniors of the family can sometimes feel left out because of their lack of technical knowledge. It may be easy for you to operate your smartphones, laptops, smartwatches, etc. but it probably seems complicated for our parents and grandparents. Nowadays we tend to rely on technology for almost everything, and using tech terms on a daily basis has become a norm. Many grandparents are now trying to keep up with the times, and learning the most popular tech terms is a good way to start.
With a few basic tips, our parents and grandparents can become tech pros, just like you!
While Alexa is a voice-based AI assistant, who has made our lives easier. It can still be considered an unknown for our grandparents. Teaching them how the mere term ‘Alexa’ can assist them with daily tasks, is definitely a need to know.
For instance, they can use Alexa for entertainment, saving numbers, reading newspapers, calling friends, setting reminders, etc.
Teaching ‘Alexa’ isn’t too difficult. Once they learn the basics, the possibilities of assistance are endless.
Well, the short form of Instagram, Insta is familiar to you, but it may not be to them. Grandparents may feel confused if you say ‘Insta’ in front of them.
Rather, tell them about Instagram, and teach them how to socialize on it so they can pass their leisure time with another form of entertainment. Most importantly, it will give them a chance to stay connected to their friend’s as well, while being tech-savvy.
Well, this one is tricky for them to understand.
Introducing your grandparents to the app SnapChat, is the first step to take before explaining “send a streak.” This is an app where youngsters share their daily moments via snaps or videos with friends and family.
By creating a Snapchat account, they will be able to click on some cool and funny pictures using different filters. Add them to your profile and ask to maintain a daily streak. This way, they will feel closer to you because you are staying connected through social media, where everyone is always signed in.
After the Covid-19 pandemic, meetings, classes, and conferences are now being done virtually. Lucky Zoom! As the company earned much more fame and profits during the pandemic.
The Zoom fever is still high in companies, educational institutions, and many fitness centers. You can teach them to operate Zoom so they can stay connect with the world, attend virtual shows, events, and fitness sessions like yoga or meditation classes.
Maybe your grandparent does not know what exactly is FaceTime, but I bet they have definitely heard the term. People are staying connected with this form of communication especially if they have an iPhone, iPad, or Mac computer.
Talk about this cool feature of video calling, and teach them how they can stay connect with their friends and relatives through FaceTime.
Personal Message (PM) on WhatsApp and Direct Message (DM) on Instagram are two super cool techy terms that the youngsters use 100 times a day. Your grandparents may ask, about what you are even talking about!
Teaching them how to chat on Instagram and WhatsApp can be a cool thing to know. Showing them these features on all the different social media platforms keeps them in the know.
This one is serious! As cybercriminals are being too sophisticated in their work, they keep looking for easy targets who do not know about cybercrimes.
It is important to inform your grandparents about such crimes and how they trap seniors.
While these techy terms will help your grandparents better understand Gen Z’s language, it can be helpful if they learn a few techy things which will make their life easier.
Knowing the basics of technology can help with the following:
Perhaps, introducing your grandparents to tech talk shows, it can help them stay updated with technology advancements.
Teach these techy terms to your grandparents and watch how quickly they will adapt to this tech world. Soon you will be communicating with your grandparents the way you do with your friends. If you need assistance while teaching your grandparents, we are just a call away!
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