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Largo kids teach adults technology

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Amanda Cole Amanda Cole

If you have a question about technology, ask a kid! That's the theory behind a Largo business called GadgitKids.  

"Technology is a language, and it's the first language in history that the younger generation understands better than the rest of us," said GadgitKids president Amanda Cole.

GadgitKids brings the unique knowledge of young people to one-on-one meetings with clients who need help mastering their mobile devices. Most of the young adult teachers are in high school and college.

"We teach them the skills that they need in order to instruct an adult and have a positive learning experience," said Cole.

Valeria Benetti, 20, has worked with GadgitKids for a year.  She meets with clients at their business, a public place or at the GadgitKids office.

"They'll ask where would I find my documents or where is this app located," said Benetti.

She always sits on the same side of the table or desk with the client, so she can explain a process while the client actually performs the task. Benetti has helped realtor Heather Smith compile data and transfer data from one device to another.

"With all of the electronic devices we have, there's just way too much to learn," said Smith.

It is that overwhelming feeling that helped start GadgitKids in the first place. Cecilia Tucker, founder of GadgitKids, bought her first smart phone at 59 years old and joked with the salesperson that she needed to buy a kid to teach her how to use it.
 
"If she needed a kid, a million other people needed a kid as well," said Cole.

This setting brings generations together. Young people bring an inherent knowledge of mobile devices that the adults need, and the adults support and encourage confidence in the younger generation.

Clients can come for as many hour-long sessions as they need.  Through June, those sessions cost $40.  After that, the price will be $50 per hour.  GadgitKids can also teach specific technology to an entire office.

A free GadgitKids experience is possible Saturday, June 22 at the CellularSales on Ulmerton Road in Largo. GadgitKids will be there from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to help answer any questions about mobile technology.

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