Are Your Grandparents on Facebook?

facebookFacebook is more than a place to go when you want to play Farmville. It is also an quick and easy way to keep in touch with living family members. The simple interface of this social networking website makes it easy for even the least computer savvy person in your family to use. All that you need to do is remember one password, and you can connect with everyone you have friended all in one place. Facebook has attracted uses of all ages, and I think part of the reason is because it is so easy to use. Even grandparents can be on Facebook!

Are your grandparents on Facebook? If so, then you can use Facebook as a tool to get to know your grandparents a little better. Send your grandmother a message through Facebook, and she can easily find it, read it, and send a message back to you. This is a great way to start a paperless correspondence with your grandmother. Use this opportunity to ask questions of your grandparents. What did they like to do when they were kids? How did they meet their spouse? You can learn a lot about your grandparents from the answers they give you.

One of the things I like best about Facebook is that you can add photos to it. This means you can share photos of your children with their grandparents, and with your own grandparents, too. Some grandparents will decide to add old photos, from when they were younger, onto their own Facebook page. Learn about what your grandparents used to look like. Depending on what is going on in the photos they share, you might learn more about what your grandparents used to do, and what their interests are.

Another thing you can do on Facebook is add a link to a news article that caught your attention. Your grandparents can read it, and leave a comment about what they thought. You can learn a lot about your grandparent’s belief system, ideals, and even political affiliations from the comments they give you. If you and your grandmother or grandfather happen to be online at the same time, you can use the Facebook chat function to have a conversation. If you live far away from each other, this might be the best way to get to know your grandparents.

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