Kids help seniors bridge technology gap

For some senior citizens, keeping up with the fast-paced world of technology can be a challenge. Luckily for some Missouri residents, a group of tech-savvy teenagers is helping them get up to speed, reports.

The Douglass Community Center in Hannibal organized the Kids In Motion program that pairs children between the ages of 12 and 15 with senior citizens in an effort to teach them basic computer skills.

Amy Vaughn, the group's director said it's a way for the kids to apply what they already know and help others at the same time.

"We utilize some of the skills that the kids have already and implement those in a way that they can teach others that may not even know how to turn on a computer," Vaughn told the news soruce.

One of the students, Joan Bogart, was hoping to learn how to better use a laptop she recently received for her birthday so she could talk to her children more frequently.

A recent study found that using the internet can be more beneficial than merely staying in touch.

Kids help seniors bridge technology gap According to the South Florida Sun Sentinal, a report by the Phoenix Center found that going online can reduce the risk of depression in seniors by 20 percent.

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