3 Facebook Tips for Seniors

Today, staying connected with your friends and family is easier than ever thanks to social media platforms. Facebook, in particular, is a favorite since it’s so easy to navigate, and there are so many people signed up. 

The best part about Facebook is that it can be used for personal purposes as well as marketing. Not to mention, it can be a great source of entertainment thanks to fun pages to follow and game plugins. However, Facebook comes with a learning curve. 

If you’ve never used Facebook much before, then it’s important you know the ropes before you dive in. People over the age of 70 who didn’t grow up with social media may find it especially tricky to catch on to certain dos and don’ts. To help you, here are some of the best tips for navigating Facebook as a senior citizen.

Prioritize Safety

Safety should be a top concern on social media. First of all, ideally, you should make sure that your page is private. This will ensure that only your friends and chosen audience can see what you post about. This is important for a few different reasons. For one, the photos that you post or status updates may contain personal and private information. 

Someone could even go as far as zooming into your photos and finding your address! Not to mention, you don’t necessarily need everybody to know your life’s personal details. 

Social media can be a wonderful tool for sharing and expressing yourself, however, remember, not everybody gets a backstage pass to your life. Be selective about who you share with.

Above all, make sure that you never share any information like your social security number or date of birth.  These kinds of details can help someone steal your identity and ultimately get you into a considerable amount of trouble

Join Groups

One of the best aspects of Facebook is that there are plenty of subgroups you can join. These cover a wide variety of interests and purposes and can be a great way to connect with others who share the same values and passions. Following and joining groups of interest isn’t just great for connecting with others, but it can also be educational and help you stay updated on the topics you care about most.

Take Advantage of Messenger

If there’s one thing that has dramatically changed for the last few years since seniors were kids it’s the price of international calling. Once upon a time, it cost a small fortune to call someone overseas, whereas now, you can call someone for free and on a video call thanks to Facebook Messenger. Take advantage of this feature and call everyone from your friends to grandchildren.