Paskelle Dixon-King gives Joy Butler a lesson in mobile phone technology.
Paskelle Dixon-King gives Joy Butler a lesson in mobile phone technology. Blainey Woodham

Students talk tech with seniors

SENIOR citizens are faced with a multitude of technological advances daily which, although developed to make life easier, don't always achieve that goal.

Topping the list of confusing technology introduced to make life easier are mobile phones, IPads and computers.

Seniors often 'inherit' their kids' mobile phones and computers, which their children have decided to get rid off because a more advanced model has appeared in the marketplace.

For those struggling to keep up, help is at hand in the shape of Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School students.

The students volunteer each month to attend the meetings of the South Tweed Sports Club's Computer Club and teach the club's senior members how to use the latest 'gadgets'.

The classes started last January, after the computer club's president Alan Lynch applied for and received a Telstra grant for $5000 to fund the initiative.

The grant also helped pay for a number of new phones and provide the seniors, as well as their young tutors, with morning tea and lunch.

Mr Lynch said the classes would continue until September, and around 450 senior citizens would have benefited from the students' help.

Lindisfarne career advisor and IT teacher Barry Woods said around 50 students volunteered to help and although they didn't receive any official recognition, the kids were keen to be part of the project.

Lindisfarne year 9 student Zoe Crane said the program was rewarding because she could help out.

Zoe said the classes taught her more technical skills and allowed her to become familiar with different IT related brands.

Fellow year 9 student Emma Smith said "you feel good after because you're helping".

The final classes are open to the public and will be held Wednesday, September 12 and Friday, September 14.

Anyone interested in joining the students and learning ways to get the most out of their mobile phone, IPad, laptop or PC can contact Jenny Starr at South Tweed Sports Club on (07) 5524 3057.



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