Friends or Friends of Friends: What’s the Difference?
Many of our senior parents use Facebook, and they are having great fun. However it’s important to help them understand the importance of carefully accepting friends. Seniors need to understand that strangers should never be accepted as electronic friends, and understanding the difference between “friends” and “friends of friends” is critical. The potential for privacy problems exists when a person interacts with unfamiliar social media friends. A good blog post to use is Real Friends Verses Social Media Friends.
Read Would You ‘Friend’ a Total Stranger by Bob Sullivan over at the MSNBC Red Tape Chronicles blog. The article discusses how males and females view the friending process differently and describes problems that can occur, especially the potential for stealing personal information, when we accept strangers as friends. The post also includes a link to a Mashable post, Facebook Privacy: 10 Settings Every User Needs to Know.
March 24, 2011 - Posted by Marti Weston | aging parents, digital privacy, seniors and computers, seniors and social networking, Seniors and Technology, seniors online | aging parents, Facebook, MSNBC, privacy, privacy settings, seniors, social media, social network, technology
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One day in April 2007 my husband and I were the adult kids in our families — we are the only adult children — and the next day we became what we laughingly call “real grown-ups,” helping first one, then two, and for a while all three of our parents. It’s time to give back, and we do so willingly and happily. However the process is not easy, and it is not free from anxiety and tension. Check out the As Our Parents Age About page to learn more about the mission of this blog.
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