Send Your Parents a 'Care Package' of How-To Videos

It's tough raising parents these days. Take it from me: my retired mom and dad are brilliant people, but they just can't get the hang of copying-and-pasting.

Apparently they're not the only ones, as evidenced by Google's unofficial new Teach Parents Tech site. It's designed expressly for people who want to help their parents learn computer basics.

All you do is complete an amusingly tongue-in-cheek form, the bulk of which involves choosing how-to videos you want to send to Mom and/or Dad. The site offers a few dozen of them, with topics ranging from "Copy & Paste" to "Make a Blog" to "Attach a File to an Email."

Unsurprisingly, many of the videos are Google product-centric. Thus, "Make a Blog" is based on Google's Blogger service. But there's still plenty of good generic how-to material available.

Once you've completed the form, you'll get to preview your "tech support care package" before sending it.

Teach Parents Tech is really ingenious. I doff my hat to the "few folks at Google" who came up with the idea.

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