Tutoring tech: Teens to help senior citizens


Volunteer program pairs the young and elderly to spread Internet understanding.

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BY JACOB PALMER | DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR

A volunteer program in Central Oregon pairs the young and elderly to spread Internet understanding.

Teen Elder Computer Help, or TECH, is seeking teens to volunteer to do what so many already do for their families.

“In this day and age it might be easier for them to keep in touch with family and loved ones with Facebook or Twitter or Skype,” said Nicole Corey, information and resource specialist at the council on aging. “We thought that (teens) would be the experts on all the gadgets and social media.”

Classes will cover emailing, forwarding, attaching photos and documents; social media including Facebook; computer viruses and prevention; cellphones including using voice mail and text messaging. Corey said training for the teen volunteers will focus on patience and being flexible when it comes to teaching topics. “It could be as basic as how to turn on a computer or a cellphone,” Corey said.

(SOURCE: Bend Bulletin)

Classes will run once a month through November.