How to Use Social Media and Technology to Stay Connected and Remain Safe Online
Staying connected with friends and family is essential to your well-being.
A growing body of research shows that feelings of isolation and loneliness can be detrimental to mental and physical health, especially for people over 50; even worse, they can make older adults more vulnerable to scams and fraud. But connections can be difficult to maintain when the ones you love live far away — and you’re unsure how to use the latest technology.
Learning how to use video chats and social media to stay in touch with others can help you feel more socially connected. Social networks offer opportunities to create connections, stay more active, enjoy virtual learning opportunities, and even travel around the world — all from the comfort and safety of home.
A significant number of older adults are already using social media. According to recent research from AARP, 63% of U.S. adults age 50 and older report using Facebook on a regular basis, and 33% report using YouTube. But there are still many more people who could benefit from social networking, and AARP Foundation Digital Skills Ready@50+ can help.
The three lessons in this workshop can help you get started on one or more social media platforms and stay connected safely online.
- Lesson 1: The basics of using video chat technology to stay connected.
- Lesson 2: How to stay safe when making connections on social media.
- Lesson 3: Enjoying hobbies and searching online for local and virtual events.
Scroll to the bottom of this page to watch a short introductory video about using social media to stay connected.
Once you finish the video, begin this workshop by clicking on Lesson 1.
Track Your Progress
As you move through each lesson, a red progress bar on the right will tell you how much of the content you have completed. You can use the up or down arrows on the red bar to jump between sections within a lesson.
At the end of each lesson, be sure to take the brief quiz at the bottom of the page. Each quiz has three basic questions designed to summarize the material. Use the “Next” button to advance to the lesson.
So how do you use social media to stay connected?
WATCH: Learn tips for using social media to stay connected.
People over 50 are adopting new technology
Twenty percent of gig workers are over the age of 55.
Social Media and Older Adults
Recent survey research shows that 63% of U.S. adults age 50 and older report using Facebook on a regular basis, and 33% report using YouTube.
Let's Get Started!
The three lessons in this Social Media workshop can help you learn how to use technology to stay connected and remain safe online.Begin Lesson One