In the News
- February 6th, 2012
This week, Microsoft and the AARP share new statistics demonstrating how seniors and youth are increasingly adopting technology to connect their generations.
From Phone time to Face time—No Disconnect Here!
New technologies bridge the generation gap to promote closer bonds
The internet provides unprecedented opportunities for extended families and generations to stay in close contact even when geographically separated. Creating and maintaining a bond with grandparents or other seniors benefits youth in several ways.
Seniors can be great role models, teachers and influences. They can provide a sense of cultural heritage and family history. They frequently have more time than busy single, or two career parents to spend interacting with a child. And, because they aren’t the parents, they are often better at helping troubled teens.
Similarly, grandparents and other seniors reap real benefits from interacting with their grandchildren or other youth. These benefits include staying more active and engaged, and an ongoing sense of value and purpose.
According to a new study released by Microsoft and AARP, “Connecting Generations,” researchers found that teens actually communicate more with their parents and grandparents, and vice-versa, due to the use of social media tools. This lesson discusses how to expand cross-generational opportunities and engage even more students in richly rewarding multi-generational connections.