My name is Louise Latremouille and I am the author of the My Parents First Computer Guides. For years readers have been telling me about their computer woes. When I penned my first book, which actually grew out of the notes I wrote to my own parents, I had no idea at the breadth and depth of computer illiteracy, or what it meant to be computer literate.
Being computer literate comes in many forms; you might fall into one of these or fall somewhere in between:
- For many it means that your thumbs are connected to your iPhone, you Tweet like a bandit, surf the net at warp speed and can’t imagine life without email, Skype and Facebook.
- For others it means that they have an email address and can click on the icon that is set up for them on their desktop to open their email program.
- Still yet there are others whose computer literacy consists of wall of mistrust, unsure what to make of it when their car’s computer is telling them its engine needs service, or when their bank insists on giving them and bank card, or stops using a credit card because they do not understand why it now has a “chip” and requires a “pin”.
Every day our society becomes more technology dependent, making it harder and harder for those that struggle with it to avoid.
Having basic computer skills is an essential skill for seniors wishing to remain independent. It’s also essential for parents with young children, not only to help with homework, but to teach them how to be safe and courteous on-line. I have learned that assuming everyone above the age of 25 is totally tech-savvy is a common mistake. Teaching young children how to be cyber-safe is a new experience for everyone involved, and too important to be ignored.
I have a passion for making the transition into our hyper-cyber world easy, I hope you will enjoy what I’ll have to offer in the coming weeks!
Until next time, try clicking on the left and the right clicks on your mouse to see the menus that appear. The mouse menus can change depending on the program you are using, but quite often you will see the Copy and Paste commands. Using your mouse is a great shortcut to these tools!
Cyberly yours, Louise
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