Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Stuck on Technology? Ask a Three-Year-Old!

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Stuck on Technology? Ask a Three-Year-Old!

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THE new business buzz phrase is "Reverse Peer Mentoring".

This refers to the Millennial people, those born between 1990 and 2000, that have grown up with technology.

Anyone born before this time, is assumed to be technologically incompetent, and needing the assistance of the millennials to competently access technology.

However, any grandparent will tell you that when you cannot work the TV and DVD, ask a three-year-old - they are experts at handling technology!

When it comes to mobile phones, ask a teenager - better still, book a training session with your teenage grandchild. You may learn something.

An added bonus would be learning to speak or understand teenage lingo, it could open up a whole new world to you.

Reverse Peer Mentoring is nothing new. We grandparents have been using this forever!

Before grandchildren become too disparaging about us they should remember that what goes around comes around.

One day they will be just like us and may well experience a sense of deja vu when they cannot understand newfangled tech'has been child's technology either!

CLLR CHRIS KINGHAM, Lockwood Parish Integration into society is vital XENOPHOBIA has become a buzzword, especially amongst the left.

In a recent TV interview, Jeremy Corbyn used the word repeatedly, and the same thing happened at Redcar and Cleveland's Council meeting, on November 17, when we debated a motion against racism and hate crime.

The Oxford dictionary says that the meaning of xenophobia is "a deep dislike of foreigners", but this is not its original meaning. It comes from two words in ancient Greek; "phobos" (fear) and "xenos" (stranger). Hence, originally it meant "fear of the stranger".

always play' It is a natural characteristic of the human condition to fear newcomers, especially when they arrive in large numbers, speak a different language, have an alien culture and do not easily integrate.

In today's Britain, sections of the indigenous population, living cheek by jowl with immigrants, and having similar problems with money, housing, employment, benefits and health, become increasingly fearful about their situation.

On Teesside, people are fearful about the strain immigrants are putting on schools, social services and the NHS. Middlesbrough Council CEO Tony Parkinson has recently identified the area as being under extreme pressure (The Gazette, 10.11.16).

To reduce fear, the fuel of racism, we must not only reduce immigration but encourage immigrants to integrate speedily into British society.

Returning to my classical theme, immigrants would be well advised: "When in Rome, do as the Romans do!" STEVE KAY, Lockwood Ward Councillor Upholding image of the beautiful game IT was very good to see in The Gazette a picture letter (19. …

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