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Grandchildren Want More Digital Family Connections

By November 4, 2012

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A survey of almost a thousand UK youngsters reveals that they are fine with their parents and grandparents being on Facebook; in fact, they want more family connectedness on social networks. Here are more highlights from the research commissioned by the UK company Logicalis:

  • 70% are connected with parents and grandparents on Facebook, but they use social networking most to connect with friends.
  • 40% worry that grandparents aren't fully integrated into the digital world.
  • Over 70% have helped a parent or grandparent connect to a website.

This survey shows that attitudes are similar in the US and the UK. A survey sponsored by AARP and Microsoft found that 52% of their respondents ages 13-25 want their families to connect more online. That's a far cry from the days when groups like "Keep Grandparents off Facebook" flourished.

Possibly the grandkids are good with the grandparents being on Facebook because their real social networking is taking elsewhere --either via text or on sites like Instagram and Tumblr that still skew very young. That's okay, too. We mamas and grandmas have our Pinterest.

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November 5, 2012 at 4:18 am
(1) granny annie says:

I try not to comment on my grand-children’s FB because I don’t want to embarrass them then the other day my son said my grandson was disappointed that I did not comment on a particular post. I was surprised.

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