Have you posted on your grandma's or grandpa's Facebook wall lately, or used Skype to stay in touch? What, they aren't connected online?
Well, this Holiday season, there are no more excuses why you should remain disconnected from your grandparents. DoSomething.org, one of the largest organizations in the US for teens and social change, is partnering with Intel to help you teach your grandparents (or older adults in your neighborhood) how to use technology and to stay connected with family.
According to a recent Pew Internet survey, almost half of American adults ages 65 and older are still not online, but are eager to connect with their families and friends. With all the new technology options available, it's the perfect time to help them get online and tagging friends from way back when. And if you don't have grandparents, there are many older adults in local senior centers that you could help today.
If they have a computer, you're already halfway there! And if not, there are more choices than ever when choosing a new PC, and you are a trusted voice, so get out there and help them find what's best for them. A great place to start is the Ultrabook Guide or Tablet Guide from Intel.
Next, visit www.Dosomething.org/grandparents to download the Grandparents Gone Wired guide and get started.
Still not convinced? Here are 3 reasons why now is the time for you to join Intel and DoSomething.org to help an older adult learn the ropes of technology and social media:
- It will make their lives better and they'll love you more for it
- Help them set up an email and Facebook account, and link them up on Skype so they can stay in touch.
- Show them the basics of social media, and help them set up their privacy settings.
- Find out what their hobbies are and the apps and programs that help them get the most out of what they love to do.
- This Holiday season, the big new trend is full-touch on laptops.
- If your grandparent doesn't have a computer already, help them find the right device for them - the new generation of Ultrabooks run Windows 8 and are built for touch, so that's a great place to start. They're sleek and powerful, and also feature designs that convert from a tablet to laptop - you and they will love that!
- Intel processor-based tablets also run Windows 8 and are great for browsing the web and catching up on TV shows.
- Visit DoSomething.org for details on how to sign up and get involved!
Check back here for more details and resources, and let us know if you have been able to help a grandparent or senior get wired!