Over 50s take Facebook training in Nottingham libraries
A group of over 50s have become students of Facebook after taking part in a training session at Bilborough Library.
Six adults, all aged over 50, have signed up for a two part training course where they will be taught how to use the social networking site.
In their first session the students were shown how to set up an account and manage their privacy settings.
The final session will teach them how to add friends, upload photographs and interact with other Facebook users by using all the social media website’s features.
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The course is aimed to help those who want to use Facebook, but are not sure how it works and how to use it securely.
Kay Walker, the course tutor, said the older generations can be intimidated by it and the sessions help them overcome any fears.
She said: “The over 50s, particularly, hear about Facebook but they get a little bit worried because they don’t know where to start and they certainly don’t feel confident using it.”
A number of learners want to use the website to connect with their family, who live in the UK or overseas.
And the majority of the group were concerned with the privacy of their accounts and wanted to fully understand how to keep their private information secure.
Dennis Childs, 82, who lives in Wroxham Drive, Wollaton, already has an account after his grandson, who lives in America, signed him up.
“I’ve got family in America and family in the UK who are all on Facebook.
“They’re all connected with each other and they persuaded me to buy an iPad so I want to be able to communicate with them and remain in close touch.
“My grandson set me up but I’m not fully aware of how to use it properly.
“I’ve got a few friends and I comment from time to time but after that I don’t know what I’m doing.
“I’ve put my pictures on other people’s wall without realising and then I don’t know how to cancel it.
"Security is an issue for me.
“I’ve got a nephew who lives in California and it will be nice to communicate with him in a different way because I’ve only spoken to him on the phone in the past.”
Alternatively, other students asked for a public account which allows them to find new friends with similar interests.
Ru Sedgwick, 63, from Lenton, has a passion for astrology and she wishes to network with other astrologers on the social media website.
“Facebook is a fantastic tool for helping me connect with other people that I wouldn’t normally meet in life, so I want to know how to use it effectively.
“I want to connect with other astrologers around the world and share information and pictures.”
The sessions are happening in various libraries across Nottingham and you can contact Nottingham Central Library to book a place.