Teens teaching silver surfers


It is not often teenagers can teach their elders a thing or two about life, but when it comes to the internet young people have a distinct advantage.

In an increasingly technological world people of a certain age can find themselves losing their ability to keep up with modern advances such as social media.

So a group of silver surfers turned to members of Hailsham Community College sixth form IT students for help.

The town’s over 55s learnt to surf the net thanks to a series of ‘Silver Surfer’ courses held at the college on April 11.

The sessions, organised by Hailsham Town Council, Hailsham Community College and the Wealden Senior Citizens’ Partnership were designed to help older people get up to speed with today’s technology, while bridging the generational gap.

Particular emphasis was placed on the setting up of Facebook and Twitter to socialise and stay in touch with friends and family online and how to trace family history and ancestry.

Geoff Rowe, oversight councillor for Senior Citizens at the town council, said: “The surfing lessons have proved to be a great success with the first two groups now having completed their course thanks to the expertise and support of the young students.

He added: “This is the first year that the town council has supported this initiative where many aspects of online computing were taught, including file downloading and the setting up of social media accounts.

“This course was one way in which we could get the two groups together, who have little chance to interact on a day-to-day basis, to learn from each other and have some fun into the bargain.”