Seniors all a Twitter over social media

August 30, 2012

Renae Desai

Senior citizens in Cottesloe will be given a crash course in social media thanks to a Murdoch University public relations and digital media lecturer.

Renae Desai from the School of Media Communication and Culture will be helping members of the Westcoast Community Centre understand more about Facebook, Twitter and YouTube and the impact it can have on their everyday lives on Thursday, September 6.

Ms Desai said the older generation were becoming interested in social media because it was another way to connect with their children and grandchildren.

“I want to debunk the myth that the internet is only for young people. It’s actually for everyone and was built by baby boomers,” she said.

“Social media is just another way of communicating and I hope those who attend will understand a little more about how it can enrich our experience of our friends, families and communities.”

During the lecture, the issues involved in social networking will be discussed and Ms Desai will present on the history of computing technology, the development of the internet and introduction of social media.

The hour-long session will take place at the Community Room, Grove Library Precinct at 10am on September 6. The cost is $10 for members and $15 for non members.

This is the second social media session Ms Desai has led for senior citizens. In March she led a workshop for members of the Glyde-In Community Learning Centre, which is based in East Fremantle.

Her colleague Andrew Porter will be running another session for Glyde-In Community Learning Centre members at Murdoch University on Wednesday, September 26.

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