Extend your Tech knowledge!

Technology these days is so quickly developing and something new comes out every day. It can be intimidating for those who aren’t used to it. Never fear! Tech is pretty actually pretty cool. Here are a few tips and tricks to help guide you around that learning curve.

1. Just give it a go

Click things, drag things around, double-click things, tap the screen, press the buttons, and see what happens. Try to remember what the various bits and bobs do. The most important thing is to stop worrying about breaking something. You’d be surprised how hard it is to really break anything on your computer just by clicking on buttons - just, don’t click the ‘DELETE’ button, unless you’re absolutely sure you want to delete that thing.

2. Don’t be afraid to ask questions!

Maybe the neighbour’s teenager would appreciate some extra pocket money for a moment of brain picking; or you could head to a tech store with your questions and let her rip. Just bear in mind that tech-savvy folk can sometimes find it hard to understand how others fail to understand. Ask your tutor to speak as if you’ve literally been living under a rock for a few decades and understand nothing.

3. Make Google and YouTube your friends

Got a question? Ask Google. Simply type in your exact question in the Google search engine and no doubt at least a hundred other people have asked the same question and a hundred more have answered it. Want to know why your printer has suddenly started printing weird characters? Google’s got your back. You can also use the search bar in YouTube. There are so many educational videos to be shared by millions of experts from around the globe. Need to know how to crop a photo on your computer? YouTube knows exactly what you need.

4. Keep your sceptical face on

Ever heard the saying, “Don’t believe everything you see on the internet”? Sadly, the phrase is a large nugget of wisdom. The internet, however wondrous and plentiful, is essentially a very large compilation of people and their opinions. People make mistakes. People have terrible opinions. People can be just plain wrong. Just because you found an advice forum that told you that you could charge your cell phone by putting it in the microwave for 30 seconds, doesn’t mean that you should. Always double check your findings.

5. Learn about online security

This is a big concern for many people, not just you, young grasshopper. Be sure to read as much as you can and ask your local tech guru any and every question you have about staying safe on the internet. When it comes to storing personal information like bank details or addresses, it’s vital that you can distinguish between the legitimate websites and the ones that are out to scam you. Google the website’s name that you’re questioning, followed by “is this a scam?”, and chances are, others have run by this website before. If you ever feel like you can’t decide, don’t hesitate to ask your family or a friend.

6. Be proud of yourself

Give yourself due credit whenever you figure something out, even if you had some help along the way. Brag about your discoveries with friends and family. Force yourself to smile, even if what you just learnt nearly drove you to madness. Reward yourself with chocolate biscuits if you must. Find a way to stay positive about the learning process.

7. Take a Class

Generally, if you want to learn something new, you’d sign up for a class, right? Learning about technology is no different. There are various classes, both long and short that will teach you everything from how to send an email to iPad trouble shooting. Many community centres, universities and libraries provide classes for anything you’d like to learn.

 

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