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kidsandacomputer Thu 16-Jul-09 17:45:55


Does anybody recommend any programs that will help a very late starter in the wold of computers.

I've got as far as google, emails, mumsnet, and this irritating 'bongo' game.
but there is a lot more to learn!!
haven't done the friends-reunited or facebook, or photos yet - you hear all these horror stories.

The children know everything! which is really annoying, but they dont know how to explain it at all.
"let me do it" is so irritating!!
and it is impossible to get a look in when they are home anyway.

The other half (think DP is the term!) is rubbish, but doesnt like to admit not knowing either!

i am very impressed by how advanced everyone here seems (I'll get there one day.)

Any recommendations for books or programs that have helped you would be really kind.

Thank you,


Schnullerbacke Thu 16-Jul-09 21:51:17

Hi, I didn't want to let your post go unanswered. I did some computer courses in college (after I left college ages ago). And the other stuff I have taught myself. I start on something and fiddle with it until I know what I am doing. The Help pages can be quite useful too and some are written in a really clear way.

Just go and play around, you'll soon get better at it.

FragileMum Fri 17-Jul-09 15:06:27

Why not try asking at your local library? They generally have lessons which are usually free. The people who show you are generally patient and helpful.

I'm a bit of a computer geek and I do give lessons. The way I go about it is to let the learner switch on, etc and see how they get on and where they get stuck. I give them a note book, I show them how I go about something with them making notes. Then they have a go using their notes and we go on from there.

Some basics are - save your work as you go along; look for the help pages and investigate; pressing and holding the buttons marked Ctrl and Z will usually undo your latest action and Alt and F4 will usually close something down.

Have fun and good luck.

slug Fri 17-Jul-09 15:47:16

I used to teach basic computing for adults at my local college. It might be worth looking there, but be warned that funding for these courses has been cut recently. Check out your local library, council offices or even ask at the Job Centre.

Failing that, I've found the 'Idiot's Guide' books reasonably readable.

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