Bridging the digital divide: Students teach seniors how to be tech savvy

At 88, Shirley Emerson has few desires.

One of them is an iPad.

“All my children and grandchildren have iPads,” she says. “I want one.”

But before the resident of Oakville’s Delmanor Glen Abbey seniors’ home can run, she needs to learn to walk, so she’s registered for tutoring with one of the students from local St. Mildred’s-Lightbourn School. They start Nov. 3.

Their volunteer program, Grads Giving Back, has taken on the challenge of helping to shrink the generational digital divide, by teaching seniors how to use the internet.

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