This project explores the gap in knowledge amongst the elderly and technology. For the majority of elderly people’s lives technology did not exist and many have not adapted to the newly connected world, leaving them digitally illiterate. Current technology is evolving rapidly in a way that many day to day activities are becoming solely online signifying that getting online is crucial. However, although elderly people are starting to successfully use the internet, they do not have any knowledge of the dangers associated. Elderly people are classed as a vulnerable demographic and therefore exposing them to the dangers of being online increases their vulnerability. There are few pedagogies available for the education of elderly peoples online safety, and those that are available do not get utilised. This paper is examining the current solutions for this problem area and proposing a new pedagogy in which young, educated individuals teach the elderly about their online safety.
In the framework of the European project EduWeb ("Combating Digital Exclusion: Children educate digitally illiterate adults in safe and creative web"), a meeting was held on 31st of October 2017, between schools intending to implement EduWeb approach, during the school year 2017-2018.