The information on this page has been prepared for my friends (most of them Senior Citizent) attending the 2009 Senior Health Summit at the Senior Wellness Center in Basking Ridge, NJ. It is my first stab at teaching an Internet 101 class and I appreciate the enthusiasm and support of my friends at the Senior Wellness Center for making the sharing of this information a reality.
New Computer User? - online tutorial
Learn How to use the mouse - online tutorial
Mastering the computer mouse - Mouserobics
Test your mouse skills - Mouse Game (test)
As with any activity you engage in you should make a conscious effort to address safety concerns and minimize risks.
Ergonomics is essentially a fancy work for comfort. More precisely it is using biological science to study the relation between workers and their environments. There are specialized products, guidelines, and practices that can help insure that you maximize comfort and reduce personal injury while using a computer. Let's google "ergonomics" to see what we find. On a side note have you ever used the word google as verb in a sentence?
Security: Protecting your personal information
Let us take a moment to compare driving a car to using a computer connected to the Internet. There are many risks associated with driving a car yet many people do it everyday. Thanks in large part to automobile safety features the benefits of using a car quickly outweigh the risks. Just as it is important for you to be aware of the safety features in your automobile so to is it important to be familiar with the safety features available to you while sharing information on the Internet.
Pop-ups & false alarms
Windows and other software updates
"Using the brakes"
Viruses, spy-ware, mal-ware, phishing attempts, and more.
Communicating on the World Wide Web
What is the World Wide Web
A connected network of clients and servers.
Web-based email clients. Yahoo, Optimum, Hotmail, AOL, Gmail (google mail).
AOL instant messenger, Windows Messenger, MSN Live Messenger, ICQ, Skype, Google Chat.
Forums for everything you can think of.
Personal web space for publicly sharing thoughts, ideas, and information.
A popular variation of a web forums with advanced features.