Seniors switch on to the internet
FACEBOOK, YouTube and Wikis - these may be second language to the younger generations but if you mention these web sites to senior citizens, the majority will have no idea what you are talking about.
Fortunately, a group of switched on seniors are now in the know, thanks to library information sessions held yesterday and today at Murwillumbah and Tweed Heads libraries, as part of Seniors Week.
Blogging and social networking will be the topic of conversation for the locals who attended these booked-out, one-hour talks, including Kaye McNaught.
The Murwillumbah resident said she had only ever heard people talk about Facebook and MySpace, social networking web sites, but was not entirely sure what they were.
“They covered so much information about the applications of the web,” Ms McNaught, 59, said.
“I learnt about the importance of social network.
“I'm not sure if I'll get my own Facebook page now.”
Ms McNaught said her children use blogging so it is important for her to keep up-to-date with the technology.
“I came today because I wanted to be able to keep in touch with my children and grandchildren.”
Tweed Heads Library assistant Brielle Hallett led yesterday's free discussion in Murwillumbah.
“I mainly explained the new generation of internet use,” the 22-year-old said.
“All the stuff our generation uses.”
Ms Hallett explained the basics of social networking and file sharing sites, as well as Google and Google Earth.
“The main issue for older people is privacy,” she said.
“It's hard for them to understand why we want to put photos of ourselves on the internet. You have to explain there is actually more privacy then they think.”
But Ms Hallett said she found most participants very keen and willing to give it a go.
“They seem to like Wikipedia and YouTube the best.”