According to a recent survey by the tech support company iTok, 66 percent of seniors who receive a technology gift (usually a phone or tablet) receive no help with the device. Some of them don’t need help of course, but 27 percent of respondents said they were intimidated by the technology. These days, learning tech […]
“Forget Facebook friends. The friendships forged in this movie, which come alive before our eyes, are the real deal.”
A documentary based on a tech-learning program for seniors shows an unexpected side of an oft-ignored creative demographic. In 2012, 93-year-old Marion Kiddell signed up for Cyber-Seniors, a computer tutorial program at her assisted living facility in Toronto. She learned how to surf the web, send emails, and create a Facebook profile. But most of all, she was […]
“Cyber-Seniors follows the extraordinary journey of a group of senior citizens as they discover the world of the Internet through the guidance of teenage mentors.”
In 2009, a documentary idea simply fell into my lap. My two younger sisters were in high school when they decided to create a volunteer program called “Cyber-Seniors.” Inspired by seeing our grandparents get online and witnessing all the ways in which it changed their lives, they wanted to help other seniors do the same. […]
Director Saffron Cassaday’s documentary Cyber-Seniors (pictured) has secured deals with broadcast, digital and DVD distributors.
Virgil Films & Entertainment has picked up the North American digital rights, Autlook took international broadcast rights, and Passion River Films will handle worldwide public screenings and an educational DVD release.
When my own kids used to misbehave on the Internet — be it foul language, plagiarism or porn — I would take their privileges away chiding, “Remember you weren’t born with a silver URL in your mouth.”
After Toronto high school students Kascha and Macaulee Cassaday watched their 80-year-old grandparents master a hand-me-down computer, they decided to embark upon a community outreach project. In 2009 they enlisted other students to teach seniors at a local retirement complex how to send emails and also use Facebook, YouTube, and Skype. As 80- and 90-year-old […]
November 4-8, 2013, is Media Literacy Week in Canada. A project of MediaSmarts and theCanadian Teachers’ Federation, the week focuses on helping young people become more aware of the power and influence of media in their lives. This year’s theme is marketing and consumerism: What’s Being Sold: Helping Kids Make Sense of Marketing Messages. While the goal is […]