The Cyber-Seniors documentary is a sweet and extremely funny look at two generations connecting. Teenagers, who live and breathe technology, donated their time to teach seniors, mostly in their 80s and even 90s, to use computers, something that is still somewhat foreign to them. The project, which was filmed and made into a documentary, was a great success.
Two sisters, Macaulee and Kascha Cassaday, got the idea from a high school project. After teaching their own grandparents how to use the Internet and were then able to communicate online together, they decided to begin a program to help all seniors. They started with a local retirement home, put together a training manual and recruited friends to be the teachers.
Each senior was matched up with a teen and everyone had individual lessons. Watching these lessons was some of the best entertainment I’ve ever seen. Some of it was sweet, some of it funny, and some inspirational. If you think of documentaries as dull, then you will be very surprised when you see this. Check out the trailer:
The computer lessons given were mostly on email, Facebook, Skype and YouTube. The seniors wanted to use their computers mostly for communication. YouTube was for entertainment. In fact, YouTube became a very big part of their life. The teen working with 88 year-old Shura, one of the funniest and most out-going seniors, suggested she make a YouTube video. So they taped her making a lunch. She has some unusual methods of cooking. You must watch this:
After that, they formed a competition and asked everyone to make a video, and you can watch them all in the CyberSeniors Corner on YouTube. They even held a party and gave out awards for the best videos.
The most important thing coming from this project and documentary is the bridging of the generations. Technology has probably caused the biggest generation gap of all time. A quote in the documentary said “This is the biggest generation gap since Rock and Roll.” I think it is much bigger.
How can you see this delightful movie? Cyber-Seniors is available to rent on Amazon Video, Google Play or VUDU for $3.99. It is also available to purchase on those same channels for $9.99. I couldn’t recommend it more highly.
If you are really moved by what you see, what can you do? Go to the Cyber-Senior documentary website. Look around and click into the sections such as Events, Get Involved and Learning Center. Maybe your teens can teach their grandparents how to use technology. Or, maybe even run a program at a senior center in your town?