I have been in a few communities lately that don’t have accessible internet for their residents. I really see this as a huge mistake and disservice. If residents or their families aren’t demanding a common computer or computers, they should be. There are many advantages to seniors being able to get online regularly:
- communicating with friends and family
- being able to see picture of family and share in family events
- staying in touch with current events
- mental stimulation through reading or playing games
These are just a few of the many reasons to make sure your residents can surf the web. If they aren’t web knowledgeable, it is a good thing to learn and volunteers can help.
Are there things to monitor? Yes. You may need to restrict access to sites that are not suitable to public viewing. Many programs are available to help you in this regards. Are there costs involved. Yes, but not major expenses, and there may be vendors willing to donate older technol0gy to your community. The provider of your cable services my be able to comp internet access. Never hurts to ask.
Its always a good time to review your communities’ internet options. By providing safe and accessible online access, your residents and community can reap the benefits.
Does your community have an internet cafe or online access area? Let us know and also let know how it is monitored and how access is restricted from questionable sites.