I was a motivational speaker for a school administrators conference where the theme was about change, technology and education.
The other speaker for the school administrators suggested that young people were falling through the cracks, long before the no child left behind legislation came about.
No doubt our world is changing; but when it comes to technology who is left behind... kids, adults or grandparents?
My experience with technology is some adults resist technology until it is forced on them at work; while kids tend to gravitate towards it as a cool and fun thing. If anyone will be left behind its a select group of grandparents who don't have access to technology or refuse to embrace it. In the end all generations have a different experience with technology and some grandparents may have no exposure at all.
I know a 78 year old grandmother who refuses to get on twitter, text message or other social media. And who can blame her? The trouble is when it comes to certain conversations around the dinner table that begin online- she will be left behind.
Truth is the best way for a grandparent to get a teenagers attention is to send her a text message. She will pay attention when she recognizes the techno phobic grandparent who sent it. Refusing to embrace technology and change is like refusing to communicate with anyone under 30.
Technology has too much to offer for veteran generations to write it off.
Pass it on! Join me in my crusade No Grandparent Left Behind. Join me in a future post as we discuss the benefits of Social Media for Grandparents.
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