Older Adults Must Learn to Protect Cell Phone Security

Nov 29, 2012 18:45:45Posted by John Skorick, MyAKA Founder & CEO

Older Adults Must Learn to Protect Cell Phone Security

It seems like just about everyone has a cell phone these days, and while some people may think that mobile devices are strictly for the young, there are many seniors who could benefit from a technological upgrade. If you're planning on buying a smart phone for an older loved one this holiday season, it's likely that he or she will need a bit of help learning about its features and mobile security. Here are some tips on helping a senior get acquainted with his or her first mobile device.

Choosing the Phone
When picking out the device for your loved one, there are many things to keep in mind. Remember that older adults may be overwhelmed by phones that are exceedingly complex, so do your best to make sure the phone is easy to use, and avoid devices with too many extra features. Some seniors have vision problems as well, so be sure to find a smart phone with a bright and crisp display.

Prepping the Device
When giving a smart phone to a person who is tech-savvy, you probably wouldn't want to open the device beforehand, as one of the most fun parts of getting a new piece of technology is the setup experience. But for older adults who are not familiar with smart phones, it's probably a good idea to crack open the product and set it up for them. Organize the home screen so that it's easy to read, and install any apps you think might be of interest to your loved one. For an extra special touch, put a picture of you or other family members on the background so grandma or grandpa can cherish it every time they turn on their device.

The Safety Talk
When you give the phone to your senior family member, take some time to explain how it works. Show them the apps you downloaded and the basic functions of the device. You'll also want to spend some time talking about mobile privacy. Make sure your loved one knows not to click on any strange looking links and to avoid texts or calls from unfamiliar numbers.

A smart phone is a great gift for a senior this holiday season, but do your best to make sure he or she knows how to use it wisely!