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Posted at 3:35 PM ET, 12/13/2010

Teach Parents Tech: Google's gift for the generations

By Melissa Bell


Just in time for any holiday visits, Google launched a series of YouTube video tutorials designed for the tech-savvy child trying to help their parents make the switch to a digital life.

My mother is tech savvy to a point, but trips home are regularly marked by computer tutorials. (My favorite was the time her computer screen flipped 180 degrees and she tried to work that way for about a day.) I happily decided to test Google's idea and sent some of the videos off to my mother.

She liked the sound of it. "We bought you all computers, and we gave you all a lot of support. It's only payback to us to bring us up to speed."

The only small complaint I have with the program: Google hasn't rated the level of pre-technology knowledge each video requires. The how-to-make-a-bookmark video and the how-to-increase-text size video both passed my mother's muster, but the tutorial on Picasa? Not so much.

"Why would I do that?" She asked, not seeing a need to ever use a photo-sharing site. "I'm not really into sharing photos."

"Of course you're not, Mom," I tell her.

I don't mention that one time she went to China and came home and sent out the photos of her trip in 438 separate e-mails -- each one with one single photo attached to it. Hopefully Google will add some videos to explain the benefits of Web programs next.

Check out the tutorials here.

(Thanks, Mom, for always being there to help out, even when you know I'll probably end up teasing you on a major national news Web site.)

By Melissa Bell  | December 13, 2010; 3:35 PM ET
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I think this service is really cool. I have been trying to get my mom on the computer more. Just bought her a gift card with these guys:
She can do tutorials but she still needs someone to call for certain questions. (And I am not the most patient person...)

Posted by: ladyleslie44 | December 13, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

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