Inspired by Tech Savvy grandmother Lorraine Knox, this is a package for members keen to communicate with their grandchildren/nieces/nephews. Resources and activities include sending emails; Text/SMS messaging; Photos including attaching them to emails and messages/texts, etc; Facebook; Skype/Facetime/Viber for video conferencing. If like Lorraine you love word puzzles such as Scrabble, Words with Friends and Scrabble can be included as well.
Text messaging on your mobile
As soon as Lorraine got a modern phone she began to message to her granddaughters - one in England, one in Newcastle and one in Benalla. She also has two grandsons in South Australia. "It's the best way of keeping in touch. And my messages don't cost as I have chosen free messaging in my plan. Sometimes if I'm having a long conversation we email, but mostly we just text back and forth attaching photos and/or videos.
I won't message them if they are in the car - if they are driving to work or returning from work because it is tempting to have a look if the phone rings; if I'm tempted, why wouldn't they. At Christmas time, by the time I'd texted them all I had 26 texts."
'Messaging is just a way of keeping in contact with them. It's nice and easy - it's good if they answer straight away but it doesn't matter if they don't" "We talk about the football and all sorts of things - I might text them to say 'Come on the Maggies'!
'Words with Friends' and other puzzles
Following up on the suggestion about using word puzzles to develop a 'comfort zone' with your device, Lorraine suggested 'Words with Friends' for our 'Grandparents Package'. An avid player, Lorraine was told about Words with Friends by her family and plays words with Friends regularly online with family and friends. Lorraine also enjoys using the 'solo' option.
Members who decide to use 'Words with Friends' are in very good company. 'Words with Friends' is recommended in all of the articles found recently discussing the best apps for seniors.
Lorraine was comfortable sending emails on her PC before she began to send them on a phone. If you need help in setting up an email account - ask one of our mentors.
Facetime (Apple Users) for family catch ups
A video or voice calling service (like Skype) for Apple devices only, Facetime works over Wi-Fi and over cellular if your device has a SIM card.
Facetime uses your contacts list so you need to have added some contacts before you begin.
To get into Facetime you need to sign in with an Apple ID.
To make a call go to Contacts app > tap Facetime video or phone icon.
The other person will hear a ring tone.They can then Decline or Accept the call
Once set up, FaceTime appears very easy to use for Apple iPad and Phone users.
Facebook for catching up and sharing
To be added