Seniors take crash course in technology to learn how to avoid being scammed online

Posted at 6:18 PM, Dec 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-16 18:18:33-05

About a dozen folks from their golden years went back to class at River Ridge High School in Pasco County. 

The New Teacher Academy was holding a generational learning day.  The event was an effort to show seniors the latest in tech.  Students worked side by side with the seniors during the event.

"I showed him how to send a text message, he didn't know how to do that," said student Chelsea Barber.

Barber was working with 91-year-old John Mahone.  He said he learned what apps are and he learned how to protect himself online.

"I learned to never save your password, I've been doing that and now I know not to do so," said Mahone.

Beth Hess is the instructor who organized the event.  She hopes the event teaches adults to see teens in a new light.

"A lot of people today look at teens and kind of group them under an umbrella that is unfair," said Hess.

The teens hope to work with the seniors in the future.

"I had a great day I really enjoy helping people," said Barber.