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Can the Internet Save Our Grandparents?

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Juran Sep 18, 2020
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A dangerous disadvantage: disinformation

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Martina Pesce
Martina Pesce Jan 13, 2021
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Jurana month ago
I agree it can be dangerous. My grandma also gets scammed by knock-on-door salesmen at least once a year. But that's not the reason to avoid the internet, I think. One solution could be to teach them, but, as you said, young people who grow up with the internet also get scammed. I can't think of a course that would teach them to avoid all the forms of danger. Maybe a nice idea would be to tailor the internet experience to their needs.
One idea can be a premade security option (e.g. called "safe net") on a web browser that eliminates "dangerous" ads and contents. Basically, it would be just a browser on a mother tongue, showing content based on language and location, does not save cookies, doesn't let pop-ups appear, offers live antivirus and antimalware protection, and blocks ads. There are already some tolls, software or extensions that tackle this problem. For example, Oswald removes the clutter and leaves the relevant text on the page (https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/oswald/ibonfikdhfajjmcaoiecaoaomnngamfn?hl=en).




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Martina Pesce
Martina Pescea month ago
Juran Cool one, I completely agree.
Yes, as we have the "kids settings" we should have some "elderly options" such as the ones you mentioned.

The internet can keep us all together.

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Jamila
Jamila Sep 18, 2020
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Juran5 months ago
I am so glad to hear that! My grandma is not keen on using the Internet and often feels very lonely. Thankfully, she lives close. But in Your case, the video calls are a perfect solution. I see great potential in educating elderly people to use Internet tools. They could find something interesting to read or learn a skill they always wanted to, following the online courses or playing specific games. On the other hand, they could report their health issues faster and share their weekly statistics with their children. We just need to find a way how to keep them motivated to actually start using these.
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Jamila 5 months ago
Aww, it’s nice that your grandma lives near to you. I completely agree, I think teaching the elderly how to use the internet would be very beneficial. But I do believe the elderly face barriers and that’s why so many are reluctant to use it. I grew up with the internet around me and I had ICT lessons from a young age but for someone who has never learned about it before, it can be hard for them. It would be nice if we could reduce the entry barriers for elderly individuals facing difficulties. Very true! It would be cool if they could share their health stat with their doctor and family, it would keep everyone in the loop about their health.

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Juran Sep 18, 2020

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