Old and young planted face to the digital divide

A dictionary of the older to understand what are the "influensers"The largest Spanish population and the widow, increasingly "addicted" to internetEl progra

Old and young planted face to the digital divide
A dictionary of the older to understand what are the "influensers"The largest Spanish population and the widow, increasingly "addicted" to internetEl program with which major will learn about new technologies

Jorge Rodriguez has a "smartphone". Use it to call but it is also able to communicate by WhatsApp and downloading apps that are very useful. " I love technology ", recognizes this daily with the face of a curious child to a great treasure. Because Jorge is not a "millennial": has 91 years old and is one of the few seniors willing to break with the so-called digital divide .

grandparents have witnessed how it has gone the ticket of a thousand pesetas and now you pay for the mobile. How the phone booths are disappearing because call is, to this day, what is done with the "smartphone" , or smart phone. How to use the internet and new technologies is, for them, a challenge that can and must be added together to end up with the digital gap inter-generational , that is increasingly large between young and older than 70 years.

For all these reasons, FNAC on Tuesday organized the event " Connect generations , " in which students of 12 and 13 years at colegio San Patricio de Madrid taught the older of the residence Montserrat Caballé c how useful and fun technology and as well, learn to use it.

"technology has made our day-to-day easier, and although it develops at a breakneck pace, should not separate us from something that makes things easier," said Jose Martin , responsible for the contents of Fnac, who bet because both generations to share culture and knowledge. " There is a lack of dialogue -she continues-. They are two generations whose ways of life are very different but have a lot to be told and learn from one another".

Carolina Calvín, 13 years moves like a fish in the water with the mobile. " There are times that I explain things to my mother ", pointing to the small, trusting, and satisfied to be part of this initiative. "What is important is that the elderly are aware. I explained slowly, and I repeated it as many times as needed", recognizes applied, with the objective of the seniors were with the lesson learned.

"technology has made our day-to-day easier, and although it develops at a breakneck pace, should not separate us from something that makes things easier"

Send the geolocation for WhatsApp is, for example, one of the utilities with which the adults can tell their families of the place in which they find themselves if they become disorientated or lost. is Make video call is another of the options that I have explained the small so that you can talk to and see their loved ones.

The technology as an ally

Juan Bardallo , professor of programming, robotics and technology of the college of madrid, calls "extraordinary and intimate" experience. "The children are aware of the time of generation in which they were born and are ready to present the technology in a friendly and intuitive to the older, knowing that those who are of another generation are unaware of the world, 'tech'," he says.

The objective of Fnac is to open up a whole world of possibilities for support the autonomy of older people, their curiosity and independence . "I, for example, I have installed the application AlertCops", explains Jorge. It is a service of alerts to citizens ' security Forces and Bodies of Security of the State made available to the user to see in situations of risk. "Well, if something happens to me, I can warn fast," explains full.

But not all are understood equally well with the technology. Jorge has a cell phone since he retired. It is all an advanced student. While, Nugget Marchal, 78 years old, is shown very surprised to be in a "selfie" or a video call . " What ugly go , " he says between laughter while the children will explain what you can do with your phone. "But it is that I don't hack," he admits. "For me it is a mess -she continues - even with you getting on with the new mobile that I have because the previous one, without wanting to, I threw it in the trash".

Amazed with the possibilities offered by the world, "tech", Nugget also provides its knowledge to the small: "you Have to use life, not just the technology. You have to enjoy it, to do many things. I've traveled all over the world," he advised. Because it is not the same as climbing the Eiffel Tower and see the Trocadero Gardens, or see the Cathedral of Notre Dame, to see Paris from Google Earth.

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Updated Date: 18 September 2019, 05:01

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