Cyber Seniors

  • Are you a teen or youth who knows the ins and outs of social media?
  • Are you a Senior Citizen who would love to be able to connect with your family on-line?
  • Then Cyber Seniors is the program for you! 

To see a short video about the Cyber Senior program click here. 

Cyber Seniors Information

Where do I go if I am a senior who wants to learn social media or a youth who wants to volunteer?
James L. Brulte Senior Center 477-2765-- Thursdays 4-6 with students from Rancho Cucamonga High School 
ALJHS Cyber Seniors Club 484-5100-- 1st and 3rd Wednesday at 2:15-3:15 in the computer lab.

Guidelines For Seniors Who Are Learning
  • This is not a race.  Enjoy the journey.
  • The knowledge you need builds upon itself “brick-by-brick.” If you do not understand something then don’t let the instructor move on until you do.
  • Have a clear objective of what you want to learn to do so you know when you have crossed the finish line (while everybody continues learns new things as they use the computer, what is the minimum you want to know).  You may want to learn one or more of the following:
    • Email – Just like regular letters except it is free, it can be sent to a list of people simultaneously, it is delivered immediately, and you can attach photos, videos, etc.
    • Facebook – Best way to stay in touch and share in the lives of family and friends.  Share your experiences, comment on the experiences of loved ones, find and reconnect with old friends.
    • Skype – Telephone call with real-time video of the person you are talking to.  Think Dick Tracy but instead of on your watch it is on the computer or phone.
    • Pinterest – Social media sharing centered around specific interests and hobbies (i.e. cooking, woodworking, sports, travel, etc.).
    • Instagram – Photo sharing site to share your best photos or be inspired by those of others.
    • YouTube – Huge video library on practically everything.  Great source for instruction, entertainment, news and reference.
    • Google – Search engine to help you find almost anything you want to know about nearly everything.  
    • Twitter – Broadcast short messages (less than 140 characters) to groups of people.  Message can be seen on their phone and you can attach photos or webpage links.

Guidleines for Youth Who Are Teaching
  • Respect your Senior students.  Remember that these Seniors have a lifetime of experience and most hold college degrees.  They are not dumb, just inexperienced with computers and social media.
  • Define your starting point.  Let the Seniors show you what they already know before you begin.
  • The best way to learn is by doing.  Do not use their mouse or keyboard to show them how to do it.  Explain and point but do not do anything on the computer for them.
  • Don’t try to do too much in one lesson.
  • Use consistent language (i.e. use “click” not “select,” “choose” or “press”)
  • You may need to teach mouse navigational skills (click, doubleclick, drag, scroll).  Playing Solitaire is a fun way to practice mousing skills.
  • Show them how to get answers/help on their own when you are not around.
  • For more suggestions download the PDF below.