Top 10 terms for talking tech like your teen

Top 10 terms for talking tech like your teen
BE TECH SAVVY: Do you know the tech terms to keep up with your kids?

For the non tech-savvy parents, it sometimes can be a chore talking to kids when they decide to drop some 'techy' terms in the conversation. Here are some basic terms, so you can keep up with them.

The basics: software and hardware.

We know you've probably heard these two before, but it never hurts to refresh the basics.

1. Software

What is it?

Software refers to the computer programs or operating information that your computer, tablet or smartphone use to do things. There are many varieties of software, for example iTunes is a piece of music software that runs on your computer and Gmail is type of email software that is accessed through a browser.

Why do you need to know about this?

Your computer, phone and tablet need software to do anything. Without software to power them they're just physical objects.

2. Hardware

What is it?

Hardware is the real-world physical object, for example your phone or computer, that you use to access the Internet, email your friends and even just check the weather.

Why do you need to know about this?

Because you don't want to tell your teen you've discovered some "great new hardware which will help you edit photos, or save interesting news articles that you've found to read later". Your newfound credibility will be gone in a flash.

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