Despite how widely available it is, there are still many adults who have never used the internet or even a computer.
This idea for an internet scavenger hunt for adults is an activity that can help them learn more about what they can do online and helps them understand the benefits of knowing how to use the internet.
In order for the adults to do this scavenger hunt, they’ll need a basic understanding of how to use a computer, browser, etc. You may therefore need to run one or more sessions teaching about computers in order for them to be able to complete this activity.
Make a list of tasks for the adults to complete on the internet. Ideally, these should be things that they would need to do online in the future. These tasks will therefore vary depending on the demographics of the adults you’re working with.
Below though, we’ve made a list of a number of different areas that you could have them investigate and learn about. These 10 internet scavenger hunt questions can be tailored more specifically for your particular group of adults:
- Search – Go to Google.com and search for “Johnny Depp movies”. Click on the link to IMDb and find which 1998 movie he appeared in.
- DMV – Find the DMV site for your state. What are three transactions you can do online instead of having to visit a DMV office?
- Flights – Go to the Expedia, Kayak and Travelocity websites. What is the cheapest flight to New York City you can find that leaves 13 March and returns 27 March? Do the sites have different prices?
- Auction – Go to eBay and click on the “Advanced” link. Type in an item that you have at home you might want to sell, select “Completed Listings” and then click on “Search”. How much have similar items sold for?
- Free Items – Go to Craigslist and find your local version. Click on the link for “Free” in the “For Sale” section. What are some free items available where you live?
- Price Comparison – Go to the Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart and Target websites. Search for 42″ Panasonic TVs. Which site has the cheapest version?
- Parks & Rec – Go to the website for your local government and find the page/site for your local parks & rec department. What free activities do they have available throughout the year? Are there any other parks nearby that you didn’t know about?
- Banking – Go to your bank’s website. What kind of transactions can you do online that would mean you wouldn’t have to visit a branch?
- Postal Services – Visit the USPS website. What services do they offer that you can complete online that would save you time?
- Cable – Research what cable packages are available in your area – Cox, DIRECTV, Dish Network, Time Warner, etc. Which company has the cheapest package that’s comparable to what you have now? How much would you save each month by switching
Some other topics that might be helpful (depending on the adults you’re working with) include:
- Legal services
- Benefits / welfare information
- Local businesses / tradespeople
- Social media
- Youtube / videos
- Internet forums
By the time the activity is complete, the adults should have a much better understanding of some of the information available on the internet.
If you liked this idea, check out our other internet scavenger hunt ideas.