My 60-something parents flew back to Atlanta yesterday after spending about two weeks with us and during that time we had some serious technology boot camp.
My mother wanted to buy an iPad to do Facetime with the grandkids and to look at photos but she hadn’t really played with one before. So during the first week of their visit, my 9-year-old and 5-year-old showed my mom how the iPad works.
My mom liked it so Michael helped her pick one out to buy. Michael got her all set up including a bunch of apps. He set up her address book for Facetime so she could “call” us.
She also has now joined the rest of the world on Facebook. Although she says she doesn’t want to talk on it. She just wants to look at photos of our kids, my brother’s kids and my cousins’ kids.
She did get excited about posting her profile photo and “friending’ my aunt and Godmother. It was sweet because all the cousin’s started friending her as soon as they noticed she was on.We set up an app so she could print photos of the kids from Facebook.
Now she just needs to get Internet set up at her house, (They don’t have the internet people!) and she will be all ready to go!
My dad didn’t do quite as well. I played secretary for my father and I tried to teach him how to use his email more effectively. We worked on clicking between emails, enlarging print and screen percentage and attaching documents. My mom left in better shape than my dad did.
Have you helped your parents with Facebook, iPads, email, photo sharing and other technology? What do they have the hardest time with? What comes the easiest? Who does better on it: your mom or dad?
Have your kids helped you do anything with technology?