Lewis Diuguid

Older people can learn more about computers and smartphones in the AARP TEK Academy

Parents and grandparents normally depend heavily on their digital native offspring to help them when their computers and smartphones confound them.

The AARP now is stepping in to help those age 50 and older be more tech-savvy. This week the organization launched its AARP TEK Academy, which is a free, easy-to-use online classroom. “TEK” stands for technology, education and knowledge.

It’s to help older people better use technology to stay connected with families and friends and get the most out of employment, health care and entertainment opportunities.

People can access the AARP TEK Academy at AARPTEK.org using their smartphones, tablets, laptops or desktops. It offers tutorials on a range of topics, including staying safe online and social media.

Even though AARP is for people age 50 and older, and the online classroom is designed for them, AARP TEK is for anyone who wants to get the most out of today’s high-tech devices, AARP notes in a prepared statement.

AARP TEK offers workshops in many cities, online seminars, interactive online courses and an AARP TEK Academy, which includes a webinar series on such topics as Facebook security, digital photography and building a personal brand online.

Older people who take the time to connect to AARP TEK may afterward be giving their digital native offspring tips on computers, tablets and smartphones.