Google Launches Website To Help Parents Learn Tech

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News Posted: Mon, Dec 13 2010 5:09 PM
Are you pretty good with technology? Do you hate the holidays due to your parents and relatives always asking you for tech advice? You probably aren't alone! Google has created a new website that aims to point these "simple" Q&A sessions to a more prominent portal, hopefully easing the sting and helping your not-so-tech-savvy relatives out at the same time.

Teach Parents Tech is a great new site where tech-savvy individuals can send how-to videos to their moms, dads, uncles, etc. in order to help them do simple things like check their email on a phone or use tabs on a web browser. These are things that younger folks tend to take for granted, but many parents just aren't aware of. Why not give a real gift this Christmas: tech advice!

How to check your email from your phone (and 50 other things you might want to teach your parents)

Monday, December 13, 2010 | 9:29 AM

My dad loves planning big family gatherings around the holidays. He always emails our extended family a few weeks early, and we’ll all plan out logistics in an email thread - food responsibilities, addresses, times-- everything. Logistics can get pretty crazy when it comes to the actual day of the event, and we’re rarely at a computer on that day. I always find that my dad starts to lose track of the million things in his email that he needs to remember.

If only my dad knew that he could check Gmail on his Android phone using either the built-in mail app or the web app. Then he could always keep track of his messages while on the go, especially during the busy holiday season.

To help my dad, and parents everywhere, a few of us at Google decided to create a website, TeachParentsTech.org, where “kids” of any age can send how-to videos to their moms, dads, uncles - everybody!

To see more videos or to send someone a tech support care package of your own, visit TeachParentsTech.org.
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OSunday replied on Mon, Dec 13 2010 9:58 PM

This is brilliant, my parents are so technologically inept its rediculous, but it comes with advantages too like since im still 16 they dont quite know how to check my texts, get onto my computer or do other things so it works in my favor alot of times too haha.

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3vi1 replied on Tue, Dec 14 2010 7:51 AM

Actually not a bad idea. Kids have a lot more time to explore and socialize (where they trade this kind of info). Parents, unless they're IT geeks, probably don't get readily exposed to this type of basic info.

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realneil replied on Tue, Dec 14 2010 11:42 AM

3vi1:
Actually not a bad idea.

Agreed, us old farts need all of the help we can get,.........

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Resin replied on Tue, Dec 14 2010 12:55 PM

Bah! Know-it-all kids with their know-it-all smart phones! In my day phones had rotors on them and weighed enough to knock a person out cold with! Now thats a phone, kids today think they're so smart, but can they're phones be used as bludgeons in a pinch? Who's got the smart phone now smarty!

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