Long conversations over hot-cocoa & spoiling them have their place, but grandparents that really want to stay connected with their tween and teen grandchildren need to get a little tech-savvy. This actually is a bonding opportunity where grandparents learn from their grandchildren because as you know tweens & teens know everything about text messaging, instant messaging, social networking and all stuff techie.
Don’t even take the time to think about it, just bust-a-move on them and ask for their help.
Text Messaging: A Qwerty keyboard makes texting easier, but you don’t really need one to send short messages. You may quickly pickup on some of the kids’ lingo because it makes a message short and fast to type, such as “CUL8R” instead of “See you later”.
Instant Messaging: Used when both parties are online at the same time and they type messages to each other, more like a conversation or “Chat” so it’s more convenient than texting or emailing. MSN Messenger and Yahoo! Messenger are the most popular.
Social Networking Sites: Chances are good that your teens are on Facebook, but keep in mind that this is public so be aware of what you may type there.
Video Chat: If you are a long-distance grandparent, knowing how to video chat with your grandchildren is really great. The two most popular programs are Skype and FaceTime. For this mode of communication though you should arrange the event ahead of time.
Email: You may or may-not have mastered this jewel yet, but it’s not used much by most tweens and teens these days. It’s been replaced by messaging but you may still be able to connect with them in this fashion. One advantage this has, it’s not public.
Read Article (Susan Adcox | grandparents.about.com)
It’s time to realize, a mobile device of tomorrow will require assistance when learning to use it (as if it doesn’t now).
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