Senior Snippets - Staying Safe on Social Media!

In this instalment, I will be providing you with some useful tips on keeping older people safe on social media. Technology surrounds us in our daily lives in almost everything we do. It has not only influenced the way in which we communicate, share information and complete daily tasks but a recent report suggests that it may even help to combat isolation and loneliness in older people and improve their mental health.

It’s estimated that 60% of people aged 65 and over now have access to the internet at home. Not only are the silversurfers getting to grips with emailing but they’re also logging on to platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Skype to stay in touch with friends and family members. Many people are also playing online games, painting, sharing pictures on sites such as Pinterest and communicating with like-minded individuals on online interest groups.

So, with this in mind, here are a few tips on how to stay socially active but savvy:

1. Create a strong password – use a combination of letters, capitals and numbers.

2. Use different passwords for social media sites and financial / payment sites.

3. Keep your passwords somewhere safe but not obvious.

4. Share a limited amount of personal information on social sites.

5. Never give out your address or financial information.

6. Ensure settings are set to private, not public – so only friends can see your information.

7. Never agree to meet someone without letting a relative know first.

8. Never give somebody you meet over the internet money.

9. When joining paid for social networks only enter your card details on secure and reputable websites – look out for the padlock icon on the payment page.

10. Use your common sense, if someone you meet seems too good to be true, there’s probably a strong possibility that they aren’t genuine.

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