For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston for December 06, 2023

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    howtheduck  5 months ago

    The comic strip actually ages pretty well. April is a little young, but I have found my son and daughter are remarkably proficient with their cell phones and computers. My son had his first keyboarding class when he was 4 years old in preschool.

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    Enter.Name.Here  5 months ago

    Coincidence. My niece was 3 or 4 when she learned about computers at pre-school and started showing my older brother (her father) how to use his new MAC computer. This was in the mid 1980s.

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    GeorgeInAZ  5 months ago

    Why should it be funny or embarrassing to learn something from people younger than yourself? This is no critique of the writers. It’s more about the commenters.

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    9thCapricorn  5 months ago

    My grandson just turned 2 and is proficient at playing games his 9 years old brother plays on his iPad and Switch. His brother started playing games on electronics around 3 years old and that was on a simpler Leapfrog device. He played some puzzles and coloring apps on my laptop when he was 18 months til 3 when I got him his Leapfrog. Just a few days ago I saw a reel on Instagram of three house cats playing in turns a game of scampering mice and they actually pawed on one mouse and the game restarted and the next cat had its turn. I was awestruck. House cats have evolved.

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    Johnny Q Premium Member 5 months ago

    How humiliating!

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    snsurone76  5 months ago

    Seems that kids today learn computer use before they can even read and write. And they STILL can’t write cursive!!

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    DorothyGlenn Premium Member 5 months ago

    I recall getting introduced to computers at my insurance company. I was terrified I would forget to hit “Save” and lose stuff. No longer issue.

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    Macushlalondra  5 months ago

    I’ll bet a lot of kids help their parents this way, even grandkids helping their grandparents. But it surprises me to see that Elly knows nothing, not even how to turn the durned thing on!

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    rshive  5 months ago

    Those electronic cash registers are tricker than they look. Maybe Ellie needs the scanner and funny bars.

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    Harumph  5 months ago

    Why isn’t John or Elizabeth teaching her?

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    dcdete.  5 months ago

    All the inventory of books at the book STORE are kept on a computer?

    That’s funny. Just a week ago, when Elly was volunteering to work for free, Elly could be seen placing dozens of hard bound paper books on to book selves!

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    French Persons Premium Member 5 months ago

    Yes, because playing a child’s game is the same thing as dealing with inventory..

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    VegaAlopex  5 months ago

    Wait until QuickBooks arrives.

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    zerotvus  5 months ago

    I believe children can hear in the womb.

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    Black76Manta  5 months ago

    Sorry for the comment, but for the little girl to teach her mother how to use a computer is embarrassing!

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    KageKat  5 months ago

    Hey, if she’s the expert…

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    mourdac Premium Member 5 months ago

    My grandson at 18 months old figured avout the basics of the iPad in 5 minutes.

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    Lecherous  5 months ago

    Must resist technology is my motto

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    Man of the Woods  5 months ago

    Kids don’t need smart phones, there’s this thing called life, go out and play, 13 would be an appropriate age in my opinion. And yes, I’m a parent and both my kids turned out happy and successful with their own kids.

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    Foob  5 months ago

    April can say ‘the", but not ’then’.

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    NeedaChuckle Premium Member 5 months ago

    Many years ago showing a coworker how to use a computer. I told her to put in her phone number. She gave me the deer in the headlights look. Somehow the concept became alien because it was a computer.

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    DawnQuinn1  5 months ago

    I learned FORTRAN programming in 1973…using punch cards, one for each line of code. A program consisted of a stack of punchcards. Drop the stack of cards and you are sorting them for hours. But, it was better than the old jumpers on a peg board. My father mastered both methods.

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    nikkibelle  5 months ago

    The last 5 years I sold a house, rented an apartment, bought a car and deposited checks all without picking up a pen the documents were on computer and the signature signed by me after typing my name. The computer changed it to “one of the cursive” styles for the forms. It filled it in where ever the blank spaces are for you to sign. All legal documents.

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    Redd Panda  5 months ago

    We’ll know Elly has come up to speed, when she starts cursing bill gates.

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    ladykat  5 months ago

    April is a good teacher.

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    brick10  5 months ago

    Good place to start.

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    MuddyUSA  Premium Member 5 months ago

    Atta girl April………..

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    [Unnamed Reader - 14b4ce]  5 months ago

    It used to be the kids would help you with the VCR

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    [Unnamed Reader - 14b4ce]  5 months ago

    My computer hates me

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    verticallychallenged Premium Member 5 months ago

    I learned how to use technology (computer, smart phone) from my students, & video games from a young family member who was about April’s age at the time.

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    djtenltd  5 months ago

    I remember when I first attended media broadcasting school and they took us into a makeshift radio studio and they were showing us the computer software they use to record and air broadcasts. And myself and many of the other students were baffled because they weren’t showing us the common office programs like Word and Excel. They threw us right into the lion’s den by showing us this program called Adobe Audition 1.5 which was primarily an audio software. And in the makeshift TV studios, Final Cut Pro was for students interested in making TV documentaries. AVID was for movie making. At the time, trying to comprehend all that was like trying to learn slang Mandarin Chinese! But from being resourceful, I found out that my job union was giving free computer classes so I jumped right on it because after I graduated, I needed to do my own resume and at the time, I was stumped. So if anyone out there is still baffled and frustrated with computers, it’s best to take a couple of courses on them and go home and practice, practice, practice.

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    artheaded1  5 months ago

    Who knew the “kids showing adults how to use the computer” joke was this old?

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    g04922  5 months ago

    Maybe Elle can take April to work with on a ’Take A Child To Work" request to her new boss. ;-)

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    sjsczurek  5 months ago

    And to think I wasn’t instructed about keyboards until high school! And that was fifty-plus years ago!

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    John Jorgensen  5 months ago

    Yeah, that’s the way to do it.

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    ktrabbit  5 months ago

    Is Elly’s hair and dress meant to emphasize how out of touch she is?She looks like my great-grandmother…just needs the cameo at the neck!

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    raybarb44  5 months ago

    There’s never a 4 year old around when you need one……

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    eced52  5 months ago

    I would have thought she would have asked Lizard Breath.

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    NaturLvr  5 months ago

    I actually learned my first computer skills while working at a library in the late 90s.

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    cranefriend  5 months ago

    She’s going to have a problem when she tries to use the work computers and there’s no alphabet game. Actually I like how this both works as a gag and a cute bonding moment. It can be that Elly is sincerely trying to learn computers from April, or that April hears Elly’s dilemma so she tries to show her a game to help and Elly goes along with it to make April happy.

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    Nekot  5 months ago

    How old are they now?

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    soaringblocks  5 months ago

    Isn’t that the truth!

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    clownburst Premium Member 5 months ago

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