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Facebook for Seniors


What is this class about?

Since its launch in 2004, Facebook has become one of the most popular social networking sites on the Internet. While many of its users are teenagers and young adults, it’s also an excellent way for all family members to keep in touch in our busy and often geographically dispersed lives.

With 36.5 million senior citizens in the United States alone, and 351,000 people becoming a “senior citizen” each year, seniors aged 65 to 74 make up 5.4 percent of internet users, and 35.9 percent of seniors are regular internet users, making motivated senior citizens a rich source of potential Facebook users.

If you’re keen to keep up with your kids and grandkids and stay in touch with the rest of your family but need help getting onto Facebook, then this is the class for you.

Facebook might just be one of the best things you can do to keep connected!

What will Yottabytes Students learn this year?

TO BE OPEN-MINDED

It doesn’t matter what age you are – you can learn technology. The real barrier is likely to be attitude – the younger generations believing that there is no point teaching older generations Facebook, and in turn, the elderly believing there is no point being a part of such online social networking.

EXPLAIN THE PURPOSE OF FACEBOOK

Unless you’ve specifically asked how to use Facebook, this may be your biggest hurdle.

When discussing Facebook with others you’ve wondered “But what do I want to do that for? What’s it do for me that I don’t already have?” Because all adults need to know why they need to learn something and are most attentive when the learning is of immediate value and relevancy, we’ll take a deep breath and come up with some persuasive reasons, such as:

  • “It’s a great way to find old buddies!”
  • “It’s a way that you can keep in touch with friends and the rest of your family!”
  • “Your favorite _____ uses it!”
  • “You don’t need to remember anyone’s email, let alone email them!”
  • “Facebook can narrow the generation gap.”
  • LEARN THE BASICS BEFORE WE EVEN OPEN AN ACCOUNT

    Facebook can be pretty confusing to master for people who are new to social networking, whatever their age. We will walk through with real examples. We will work through it slowly and methodically and be patient. If you need to go over things again, we do.

    OPEN A FACEBOOK ACCOUNT

    We will adjust volume and font size if necessary, before starting. We suggest that you come to class with a valid email address before signing up; it’s required and it’s useful for receiving notifications of messages, friend requests, events, and so on, outside of Facebook. If you do not have an email address, we will create one for free using providers such as Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, etc.

    ADDING INFORMATION TO YOUR PROFILE

    An email address and birthday is pretty bare for a Facebook profile – we help you add information such as their current or former place of employment, old high schools or colleges, likes and interests, contact information, and more. Remember, only provide the information you are comfortable giving out and that the accessibility of all information can be adjusted with “Privacy Settings”.

    JOIN SCHOOL OR WORKPLACE NETWORK, AS WELL AS GROUPS AND PAGES PERTAINING TO OLD CLUBS OR INTERESTS.

    This is a great way for them to reconnect with old friends, relatives, coworkers, employees, classmates, etc

    ADDING YOUR WISDOM

    Everyone can learn from what you have to share. We will encourage you to open up and share stories, thoughts, ideas, and wisdom with others on Facebook.

    October 8, 2016
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