Transcript: Seniors In Cyberspace | Oct 06, 2002

Music plays. Fast clips show young people engaged in different activities. A spinning letter “V” in a circle appears on screen. A caption reads “Teens who volunteers. The title “Circle. Teens who volunteer” appears on screen.

A group of teenagers enters a school.

A personal profile appears on screen. A picture of a young man with long brown hair in mini braids and a goatee appears on screen. He wears jeans and a striped T-shirt. Next to the picture, a caption reads “Name: Quincy. Age: 20; Volunteer: Seniors in Cyberspace.”

Quincy meets George in a computer lab. George is in his late seventies, clean-shaven and with short white hair. He wears glasses, brown trousers and a striped rugby sweatshirt.

Quincy says HOW ARE YOU DOING?

George says COME TO GIVE ME
ANOTHER LESSON?

Quincy says YEP.
I GOT INVOLVED
BECAUSE I THOUGHT
IT WAS SOMETHING
INTERESTING TO DO,
TRYING TO HELP SOMEONE
LEARN SOMETHING
THEY'VE NEVER
TRIED BEFORE.
I THINK IT'S A
FUN THING TO DO.

(music plays)

Another profile appears on screen with the picture of a young woman. She wears white trousers, a gray sweater and a hijab. The caption next to the picture reads “Name: Fahmida; Age: 18; Volunteer: Seniors in Cyberspace.”

Fahmida helps an elderly woman with internet issues.

Fahmida says I GOT INVOLVED BECAUSE I LIKE
WORKING WITH THE INTERNET
AND I ALREADY KNOW
A LOT ABOUT IT.
AND I THOUGHT IT WOULD
BE GOOD TO SHARE IT
WITH OTHER PEOPLE,
ESPECIALLY SENIOR CITIZENS
WHO KNOW VERY LITTLE
ABOUT THE INTERNET.

(music plays)
Quincy says
THIS IS YOUR
INTERNET BROWSER.

George says PEOPLE ARE HELPING
ME OUT, THE SCHOOL KIDS.
THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I'VE
EVER USED THE COMPUTER.
THESE KIDS ARE
PRETTY GOOD,
TRYING TO PUT
SOME KNOWLEDGE
INTO AN OLD HEAD
IS PRETTY HARD.

Fahmida says OKAY, JULIE, WE'RE GOING TO
SIGN UP FOR AN EMAIL ACCOUNT.
THEY'RE USING THE
INTERNET FOR THINGS
THEY WANT TO
LEARN MORE ABOUT.

The elderly woman says I'VE NEVER USED A
COMPUTER BEFORE.
THIS IS MY FIRST TIME.
I WOULD LIKE TO EMAIL MY
SON; HE'S LIVING IN NORWAY.
AND I WOULD LIKE
TO SEND HIM EMAIL.

Fahmida says SO YOU HAVE AN
EMAIL ACCOUNT NOW.

(music plays)

Quincy says GEORGE WOULD LIKE TO
SEARCH FOR OLD FRIENDS
THAT HE USED TO GO
TO SCHOOL WITH.

George says THEY'RE TEACHING ME.
THAT'S WHAT I DON'T
LIKE ABOUT THEM,
THEY KNOW MORE
THAN I DO.
[chuckling]

Quincy says WE TEACH THEM FIRST
TO USE THE MOUSE.

The image of a mouse pointer rambling around the screen appears.

The elderly woman says OHH, THE MOUSE.
[laughing]

George says USING THE MOUSE IS
MY ONE DIFFICULTY.

The woman says THE MOUSE, IT WAS
MOVING SO FAST.

George says I CAN'T SEEM TO
GET THE ARROW IN
TO WHERE IT'S
SUPPOSED TO GO.
WE'LL GET IT,
WE'LL GET IT.

Fahmida says SO YOU SAID YOUR SON JUST
CAME FROM SAUDI ARABIA?
THIS WAS SUPPOSED TO BE
US, AS YOUNGER PEOPLE
TEACHER THE OLDER PEOPLE.
BUT WHEN I CAME HERE, I
WAS ALSO THE ONE LEARNING.
LEARNING FROM THEM HOW
THEIR LIFE HAD BEEN,
THEIR EXPERIENCES.
WE HAVE DIFFERENT VALUES
AND DIFFERENT CULTURES.
AND WE TALK ABOUT SO MANY OTHER
THINGS BESIDE THE INTERNET.
IT'S A LOT OF FUN.

Quincy says HE SHOWED ME SOME OF THE
PUZZLES HE USED TO MAKE.
WE JUST TALK ABOUT
DIFFERENT STUFF
JUST TO GET MORE FAMILIAR
WITH EACH OTHER.

Quincy and George sit at a table and assemble a puzzle together.

George says MOVIES WAS 10 CENTS
TO GET IN.

Quincy says NOW YOU PAY 13 DOLLARS.

Fahmida says VOLUNTEERING MAKES ME FEEL
PERSONALLY SATISFIED.
I GET HAPPY THAT I'M
HELPING OTHER PEOPLE
AND HELPING THEM
LEARN NEW THINGS.

The elderly woman says THEY SAY YOU'RE NEVER
TOO OLD TO LEARN.
EVERY DAY IN OUR LIVES
WE LEARN SOMETHING NEW.

Quincy says I ENJOY ACTUALLY HELPING
SOMEONE DO SOMETHING
THEY CAN'T DO.
TO ME, IT GIVES ME A GOOD
FEELING ABOUT MYSELF
WHEN I'M ACTUALLY
TEACHING SOMEONE
HOW TO DO A
CERTAIN THING.
I REALLY ENJOY HELPING
GEORGE USE THE COMPUTER.

George says VOLUNTEERS ARE THE
BACKBONE OF THE COUNTRY,
NOT THE ONES THAT
SIT IN PARLIAMENT.

Fahmida says THERE ARE ALL SORTS OF
WAYS PEOPLE CAN HELP OUT.
THERE ARE LOTS OF
PROGRAMS THAT TORONTO
INTERGENERATIONAL
PARTNERSHIPS RUN,
SENIORS IN CYBERSPACE
BEING ONE OF THEM
AND THEY NEED LOTS
OF VOLUNTEERS,
SO YOUTH CAN COME
AND BE A PART OF IT.
BE A PART OF
THE COMMUNITY
AND GET A BETTER SENSE
OF WELL BEING.

(music plays)

A caption reads “A production of TVOntario. The Ontario Educational Communication Authority. 2003.”

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