King's Hospital students use the school lab to teach their parents about computers.

King's Hospital school in Palmerstown, Dublin is reaching out to parents to teach them the language of the computer.

There's been a revolution and most of us old folks have missed it.

Headmaster David Robertson explains the background to this innovation which he describes not so much as a generation gap but as a microchip gap. The technological revolution is seeing many children being educated to a point where their parents hardly understand what they are talking about.  

King's Hospital opened new buildings in November 1983 at a cost of £500,000 and includes the new computer facility. The school is offering computer lessons to parents free-of-charge using a computer lab which was largely funded by the pupil's parents. 

Graham Syme, Head of Computer Studies, explains the benefits to parents of learning how to use a computer from writing address lists and managing accounts.

Paul Holland is a 16 year old student demonstrates a stock control programme he has written. The programme has been developed specifically to teach adults about computing.  Written to be as simple as possible the hope is that,

Even a parent could understand it.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 25 January 1984. The reporter is Derek Davis.