GRAND Magazine - September/October 2011 - (Page 34)

Facebook faux pas The secret code for social networking with your grandkids BY HEIDI JUSCZAK M Heidi Jusczak is currently a senior writing major at Northwestern College in St. Paul. Here’s her Facebook page. argie White lives four hours away from her six grandchildren— but that hasn’t stopped her from enjoying her grandson’s latest concert or laughing at all the kids’ antics. How does Margie stay connected over such a distance? The answer is free, fast and fun: Facebook! Margie says, “When my son and oldest grandson showed me how to sign in and set up an account, I was skeptical.” But today, she admits, “I love Facebook!” Though Margie is now a sea- soned Facebook veteran, she faced some challenges at first. “I have two grandsons who became embarrassed about 34 GRAND SEPT OCT 2011 some of my responses,” she says. Understanding the unspoken rules of Facebook can be difficult. But by avoiding the following Facebook faux pas, you too will be equipped to build relationships with your grandchildren online. Faux Pas #1: The constant commenter Do you comment on every status update, picture or video your grandchild posts? A heap of comments may be intended to show you’re paying attention. However, in Facebook culture that says, “Hey, I have nothing photo: © arakonyunus

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of GRAND Magazine - September/October 2011

GRAND - Sept/Oct 2011
Grand View
Grand Treasure Hunt
Table of Contents
Grand Central
GRANDparent of the Year
Cover Story: Love Is As Love Does
On Becoming GRAND
Is Retirement Getting Better or Worse?
Prepare for CARE
Facebook Faux Pas
Grandparents Month
Just Be There: Our G’kids Are Running Amuck!
Kinship Care Resources
Sex Talk
No-Sweat Tech
Education Is Child’s Play
Grand Finale
Elder Law 101

GRAND Magazine - September/October 2011