Get Online With Grandchildren

It’s not that easy to cuddle with a grandchild in front of a computer screen. But computers can still help you spend quality time and create special moments with your grandchildren. This special “computer bonding” can take place whether you live across the street or across the country.

Don’t know much about computers? Don’t have one of your own? That shouldn’t stop you from enjoying computer time with your grandchildren. Here are a few tips to get you equipped, connected, and informed about computers.
Finding a Good Computer

You may be reading this article on someone else’s computer. Maybe you are using a computer at your local library or senior center. If so, pat yourself on the back. These are great places to get free computer access. Now, find out if the library or senior center holds classes where you can learn more about computers and the Internet. Sign up for a class today. You’ll be amazed at how much you can learn about computers. The more you know, the more fun you’ll have!

You may want to think about buying your own computer. Computers don’t cost as much as they used to. Sure, you could spend more than $1,000 for a high-end model. But you can also find a perfectly good computer on sale for $400. Shop the sales at computer discount stores. Keep your eye out for a bargain that meets your needs.

Think about buying a used computer. Ask your friends, neighbors, or children if they know anyone who is buying a new computer. People with new computers usually want to get rid of their old ones. They may be willing to give the old computer away for free. Or, they might sell it to you for a good price.

Some groups fix up old computers that are donated to them. You could buy one of these computers for $200 or less. Ask the computer expert at your library or senior center about local groups that offer this service.
High-Tech Bonding With Grandchildren

Talk to your grandchildren about computers. You’ll soon find out that they know a lot more than you do. That’s good news! Children love to teach adults the things they know. It makes them feel special. And you could really benefit from the help they have to offer.

Ask your grandchildren to show you how to send emails and instant messages. They can also show you how to search the Internet for information. Challenge your grandchild to a computer game. Ask the child to take you on a tour of his or her favorite Web sites. You’ll be amazed at what you see!

Do you live far away from your grandchildren? A computer can help shrink the distance between you. Get in the habit of sending regular emails to your grandchildren, and using is a great start! Include news about what’s going on with you. Ask questions about their lives. Send a digital photograph of yourself that the children can display on their computer screen.
Sign-up for free Internet long-distance services so you and your grandchildren can talk as long and as often as you like. Buy web cameras and you’ll be able to see each other while you talk!

Information at Your Fingertips

Your computer can help you learn how to be a better grandparent. Surf the Internet and you’ll find many Web sites that are just for grandparents. Some articles also give tips on helping grandchildren make good choices and stay healthy, and all of the articles feature links to other informative sites. Web sites change a lot. Be sure to check back often to see new features and articles.

Your grandchildren can also use computers to learn new things. And you can help. Spend a little time searching the Internet. Then you will be able to guide youngsters to Web sites that can help them learn to read, do class projects, or ace that next test.

It’s a New Age

There’s no denying it. Your grandchildren live in a high-tech world. They’re just as comfortable with a keyboard as you are with a pen. You can join your grandchildren in that world. All it takes is a little training and patience. In return, you’ll be able to share many special moments with your grandchildren. You won’t want to miss out on the fun!

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