Grandparent-Grandchild Competition of Informatics demonstrates how children can play an important role in the motivation of their grandparents for using computers and the internet. The competition raises awareness of all family members and the whole society towards aging peoples’ inclusion into the information society. Grandparent-Grandchild Competition of Informatics was first realised in 2003 when even fewer aging people were familiar with the internet. The idea is inviting children aged between 4-14 and their grandparents to compete with other gradparent-garndchild couples in a quiz while they can use an internet browser as a support. The aim of the project is to call people’s attention to the importance of senior citizens’ inclusion to the information society. It appeals to a wide audience: families, seniors, children, decision makers, other organizations. The project responses to a problem of the aging societies all over Europe. Majority of people above 50 do not have enough IT skills that would be essential in everyday life. Their families and the whole society are responsible to support them improving their IT skills, to reduce their isolation. With better skills this generation will have more chances on the labour market, will be able to learn through their life and these improve their well being. Since 2003 this awareness raising program has been involved 1350 families to demonstrate how children can play important role in motivation of their grandparents for using computer and internet. The competition was well accepted by seniors and it also affected the sensibility of the leaders of the government and enterprises towards the e-Inclusion issue. A large number of enterprises supported the competition providing gift for winners. The enterprises found our initiative important which indicates that other stakeholders of the information society agree that such a motivation program is needed. As a result, the question of the quality of life and the use of computers of the elderly has come into the spotlight due – to a not negligible extent – to this competition, as the competitions were widely followed with attention by the media. Multiple effects are a key element of the project. Each evens had been followed by huge media coverage. Nearly 150 appearances accompanied each organised event on internet, radio, printed newspapers magazines, TV. Quite huge number of participants applied but only 120 couples (due to limited number of PCs at a computer lab) could take part in each event. The increasing number of applicants showed us that the project is popular and needed. Therefore, the competition went online with a semi-final to involve more participants in 2009. If we look at the number of 60+ Internet usersin Hungary in 2003, it is 20 000. Thisnumber is 300 000 in 2012. Grandparent-Grandchild Competition had undoubtedly contributed to this increasing number of senior users. It is a remarkable fact that the oldest competitor in the history of the competitions was a 90 years old grandpa.
Inforum programs in eInclusion
Footsteps on the Road of eInclusionUmbrella NGO in Hungary(1997)Mission:•Eliminate digital divide•Enforce the informationsociety in Hungary•Involve senior citizensin the information society•initiating the eInclusionand intergenerationmovement in Hungary
Difficulty of Seniors and Civic initiations in Hungary No perspective for seniors in Hungary, littleWe are looking forEuropean partners to pension, no work. The average pension isshare know-how, our 92.000 HUF (318 euro), but in countryside isprograms, films, etc. 83.000. (288 euro). The 30 % retired men and 40 % women have high risk of poverty. The governmental actions of the Year of Active Ageing are limited. There are 3 divided cultural regions in Europe: Western, Southern and Eastern. Different traditions, mentality, political economical and social culture. Eastern countries are very far from western standards.
Answer by InforumIntergenerational The proclamation aims to change the generalProclamation attitude towards aging people and help to strenghten their self-esteem. They are importantReleased in and valuable citizens with lots of experience, soNovember, 2011 they musn’t be excluded from the societies. „Many thousands of our fellow citizens die only because already nobody loves them and because already they do not like themselves either.”
Activities in the field of eInclusionBooks (6)Studies (50)Articles, radio shows(100+)Newspapers (3)Researches and reports(15) onIntergenerational AdultEducation Methodology(1)• eInclusion• Digital Divide• Intergenerational problems• Hungarian Information Society• ICT policies
eInclusion ActionsMain eInclusion activities:Common statement byHungarian Parties andInforum on eInclusion inHungary. January of2008.eInclusion ParliamentaryCommittee foundedPress conference onInforum initiatedSpring of Digital Hungary,May 2008 with NationalDevelopment Agency
Other eInclusion actions by Inforum• Books for seniors• Websites: 50plusz.net and eInclusion.hu• Senior internet users parties,• Memory writing contest• Free University• eInclusion Movement and promotion (2008)• Documentary Movies• eInclusion Cabaret• TV soap opera for seniors (30)
The Best: Grandparents –Grandchildren Competition of InformaticsInforum Best Practicefor EuropeGrandparents –GrandchildrenCompetition ofInformatics2003, 2004, 2005, 2006,2008, 2009First intergenerationalprogram in EU in 2003
The Competition in numbers • 1350 families involvedInforum Best Practice • Online semifinal from 2009for Europe • Participants from 3 countriesGrandparents – • Professioanal know-how, softwareGrandchildren • Media coverage: more than1000 appearanceCompetition of • eInclusion Golden Medal, 2008Informatics • Senior (60+) internet users in 2003: 20.000 • Senior (60+) internet users in 2012: 400.0002003, 2004, 2005, 2006,2008, 2009First intergenerationalprogram in EU in 2003
Hungarian seniors on Internet • Senior (60+) internet users in 2012: 400.000Inforum Best Practice • 50+ internet users in 2012: 800.000for Europe • 50+ do not use internet : 2.800.000Grandparents – • 61% of 50+ internet users have social media profileGrandchildren • 52% of 60+ internet users have social media profileCompetition of • 50+ learning Internet: where did they learn? (29+)Informatics • Organized training: 17% (8%) • Workplace: 14 % (3%)2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, • By friends: 17 % (11%)2008, 2009 • Without help (self education): 32 % (75%)First intergenerational • By family support: 46 % 9%)program in EU in 2003
The Competition in numbers eInclusion Award (Golden Medal)Inforum Best Practice by the European Comissionfor Europe for Inforum Best Practice in Active Ageing and intergenerational solidarity in 2008Grandparents –GrandchildrenCompetition ofInformatics2003, 2004, 2005, 2006,2008, 2009First intergenerationalprogram in EU in 2003