Aging in Place, Senior Safety

Social Media: Keeping in Touch with Friends and Family

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Social media sites such as Facebook don’t have to be just a place where your grandchildren play with their friends.  It can be a powerful tool to help you connect to loved ones in faraway areas and meet others that share similar interests as you.  Using the Internet or having a computer isn’t merely for the young.  It’s actually as easy as turning on the TV once you get past the intimidation you might feel.

Technology is nothing to be feared, but embraced.  Social sites such as Facebook open the doors of communication between loved ones that you may not have seen in several decades.  They can connect you with friends that you thought were long gone.  As long as you remember these simple rules, you can protect yourself from becoming a target.

1.  Too Much Information – Never give random strangers personal information regarding yourself.  Friends and family already know who you are and wouldn’t require such.  As you develop friendships online, don’t be afraid to ask for help determining if this new friend is trying to investigate you.  Too many elderly men and women are targets because of this lack of knowledge.  Keep your privacy no matter what kind of an email you may receive.

Even seniors can use to social media with a few precautions.

2.  “Who is This?” – If you have a Facebook account, there will come a time when random people will try to be your “friend.” While you may be in your waning years, you shouldn’t befriend those who assume to know you.  If you are worried that you may not know the individual, there is nothing wrong with ignoring the request.  A request for friend

ship on Facebook can remain open indefinitely giving you time to remember who that person is.  If friends or family can’t help you determine the person’s identity, you should move on and not give it a second thought.

3.  Scams If anyone tries to insinuate that you owe them money and you can’t remember services rendered, research the person.  If you enter a name of a person or a company you

think is trying to scam you into Google, you would be surprised to see how many others have launched complaints.  If there is a legitimate claim against you, the company wouldn’t incorporate the use of social media to get in contact.  In fact, most emails you may receive are probably untrustworthy as well.  If an organization sends you a message that isn’t addressed to you personally using your name, it is more than likely a fake and should be immediately deleted.

4.  Secure Your Profile If you receive a message from the social media website saying that you need to provide your username and password because of some trouble with the account, delete the message.  Facebook as well as nearly every legitimate company will never inquire your username or password in an email or text message.  Never click on strange links in messages or emails, either.  These links could lead you to sites that look legitimate but are, in fact, sites designed to steal your information.

If you have children or grandchildren, why not

ask for their help to teach you how to use social media sites? This can be a bonding experience and could help you keep in touch in various friends and family regardless of his or her location.  It could also be more entertaining than you realize as you share your experiences with those you love.desktop computer

Author Bio:

This post is contributed by Linda Bailey from  She is a Texas-based writer who loves to write on the topics of housekeeping, green living, home décor, and more.  She welcomes your comments which can be sent to b.lindahousekeeping @


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