Google Wades into the Family Tree to Teach Tech

For the tech-savvy among us already dreading the annual trek home to find Grandpa wanting to know how to bookmark on his iPad and mom wanting to know how to "tag" photos on Facebook, help is on the way. It's a new site from Google, and it's just in time for the holidays.

For the tech-savvy among us already dreading the annual trek home to find Grandpa wanting to know how to bookmark on his iPad and mom wanting to know how to “tag” photos on Facebook, help is on the way. It’s a new site from Google, and it’s just in time for the holidays.

The online search giant this week launched TeachParentsTech.org, a new Web site and series of YouTube video tutorials designed to help kids help their parents make the digital switch.

“Talking to fellow Googlers, I learned that I wasn’t alone in my role as the one-man family tech support team,” Google’s Jason Toff said in a blog post. “In fact, I was hard pressed to find anyone who didn’t have a similar story about getting their parents up to speed. This got a few of us thinking. Why isn’t there a site designed to help ‘kids’ teach their parents about computer basics?”

On the new site, users can send their parents a “care package” of video tutorials featuring Google employees delivering step-by-step instructions.

The topics covered in the videos are divided into categories such as “The Basics,” “Finding Information” and “The World Wide Web” for easy searching. And they cover everything from the basic “how to copy/paste” and “how to adjust the time on your clock,” to the more complex “how to transfer files between devices.”

The videos arrive in your parent’s inbox ready to view and, voila, your trip home just got a lot less stressful.

According to Google’s “Teach Parents Tech” count, more than 15,000 parents have already been served.

Happy Holidays, from Google!