Right now, you’re probably the tech expert of the house. But how long is that going to last? Just watching my (and other people’s) young kids pick up a touch-screen phone and work an app without any direction from a grown-up — an app which took a little trial-and-error for me — is a sure sign that I’m destined to be surpassed.
However! I refuse to become my generation’s version of the 80s parent who couldn’t set the VCR clock. Eventually, I may appear to be very slow to my kids when it comes to the latest gadgetry but, dang it, I don’t need anyone sighing and condescending to me for my lack of savvy.
Anyway, adult kids at Google have come up with a way to get our kids’ grandparents to feel more independent on their computers. They’ve made a bunch of online video tutorials for TeachParentsTech.org of step-by-step instructions on how to do a bunch of simple stuff — copy & paste, changing your screensaver and sharing large files.
Hey, don’t laugh. Some day you might get one of their “care packages,” a form letter that your fed-up home tech-expert fills out and sends to you. Sure, yours won’t be about upload videos of a trip to the Grand Canyon. But you know your kid is going to adjust to the implanted brain chip better than you.