Facebook for Grandparents and Boomers
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Facebook for Grandparents and Boomers

A gentle, fun introduction to Facebook to stay connected with your family and friends and see what it's all about
5.0 (29 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
119 students enrolled
Last updated 1/2016
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  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 16 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
What Will I Learn?
  • FOLLOW your grandchildren and families on Facebook
  • SEE posts from friends and family
  • LIKE posts from friends and family
  • MESSAGE your friends and family privately
  • POST a picture or video from your computer!
  • TAILOR PRIVACY settings to how you want them
  • CHANGE your profile and cover photos
  • DECIDE how YOU want to use Facebook, when, where and why
  • BECOME the 'go to' person for your friends who need help (if you want to!)
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  • A computer with internet access and speakers
  • Knowledge of how to go to the Facebook.com website
  • Helpful to have a Facebook profile already created, but I will also walk you through it at the start of the course
  • A friend or family member to set you up as a student on Udemy.com

Does this sound familiar?

  • What is Facebook and why is everyone using it?
  • How do I see my kids and grandkids posts?
  • Is it safe to post on Facebook?
  • What should I share? What should I NOT share?
  • This thing is so confusing! I just want to see my families posts, why is this so difficult?

As a social media instructor, I've often wondered why we don't have more online support for one of the fastest growing demographics of Facebook users - YOU! Yes, as more and more grandparents and boomers sign up with Facebook, we - your kids - find you have more and more questions about it. And why shouldn't you?!

What we, your kids, may not tell you is that even those of us who signed up near the start of Facebook also have difficulties, because Facebook is famous for changing things. BUT, there is hope.

You don't have to be an expert to know the basics of getting around, posting, messaging, even uploading your own photos and videos if you want to.

This course is designed with grandparents (like my Dad!) and baby boomers in mind, answering questions sent to me by friends and family who, like you, are just wanting to keep in touch with their families without a bunch of hassle.

Each short lecture covers one - and only one - concept, making this course filled with bite sized chunks. I've used screenshots and videos to walk you through common questions like:

  • How do I set up my profile?
  • How can I find someone?
  • Is it safe?
  • How do I like or comment on a post?
  • And many more!

I've created this course to progress from the most basic (creating a profile) to upper level use as a beginner. Watch the lectures as many times as you like - you have lifetime access!

Soon, you may find yourself answering your friends' questions on getting around Facebook!

Ok, ready? See you in class!

Who is the target audience?
  • Grandparents and Boomers who want to figure out a few things but not become Facebook experts
  • Seniors who are curious about using Facebook
  • Anyone who's been looking for an introductory course to Facebook for seniors
  • YOU - if you've been wondering what Facebook is and why it's so popular
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Curriculum For This Course
62 Lectures
1 - Introduction to the Course
2 Lectures 06:47

A brief look at what we cover in the course, how I structured the course using questions from grandparents like you, and how to find out what each lecture contains.

Preview 06:47

This is a table of contents for the course which you can print out or download. It includes descriptions of each lecture so you can find them easily.

Preview 8 pages
2 - Before I get a Facebook...
15 Lectures 43:37

I give you a brief overview of social media and why it's so popular!

Preview 04:45

Feeling the pressure to get onto Facebook? In this lecture, I'll explain a little bit about Facebook and how you can connect with your family and friends - on your terms.

My family says I need a Facebook. What is that?

Facebook has a different way of communicating than email, here are some pros and cons to Facebook vs. email.

I just got used to email, why do I need a Facebook too?

This is one of the top 10 questions I hear from Facebook newcomers, and it's an important one to understand! In this lecture, I'll tell you who can find you, and some options you have if you don't want to be found!

Who can find me?

I will you what you can see, what you can't see, and options to not be seen.

Can everybody see everything?

Another Top 10 question! This is important to know, and you can use it help you decide what and how to post.

How does FB use my profile information?

Also good to know, so you can determine how you want to use Facebook.

Who gets access to this information?

Sometimes it can seem like it IS a popularity contest - but in this lecture I'll tell you how you determine what Facebook is for you.

Is this a popularity contest with people needing me to like their posts?

So you want to see what's going on but don't want to feel like a stalker? Sure! No problem. Join me in this lecture.

Can I just look without posting and remain undetected?

That's a two part question - prevention and use. The long and short of it is....

Can you get a computer virus from being on Facebook?

Ah, what IS your Facebook identity? Let's look at the answer and resolution.

Can someone steal your Facebook identity?

Good question - and one that has us take a look at how Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn communicate.

Why should I be on Facebook versus Twitter or LinkedIn?

I have the 'hip' answer for you right here!

If Facebook now considered "stodgy" compared to other services?

I get it - sometimes you just want to get AWAY. Let's talk about it and I'll give it to you straight.

How can I remove myself from Facebook - COMPLETELY!!?

This is a brief summary of the answers to each of these pre-lectures you can download or print for reference.

Before I get a Facebook - Summary
4 pages
3 - Getting around my Facebook Profile
11 Lectures 27:27

Here's how to create your profile - including how to avoid having people find you!

How do I create my Facebook Profile?

Easy step by step walkthrough to upload and edit your profile picture - and it DOES NOT have to be your face!

How do I change my Profile picture?

Easy step by step walkthrough to upload and edit your cover photo.

How do I change my Cover photo?

This is a PDF you can download or print for reference when/if you want to change your profile or cover photos.

Changing Your Profile and Cover Photos - Walkthrough
3 pages

In this lecture, I will show you how to change your settings to give you the amount of privacy you want.

How do I decide who sees my profile and posts?

This is a PDF you can download or print for reference when/if you want to change your privacy settings.
Changing Your Privacy Settings - Walkthrough
2 pages

This is where you share - or don't - about yourself. Let's take a look.

What is the About section?

Chat is something you will either love or avoid like the plague. But you also decide who has this privilege.

I'm on Facebook and someone tried to chat with me. What is that?

There are things you need to know and things you don't. In this lecture, I'll help you decide what you should pay attention to, and what you can ignore.

What are all the ads and notifications on the right side of my Facebook page?

Not a gamer, eh? Don't worry! You can get ride of them, I'll show you how.

I keep getting game requests. I don't want to play any games. What do I do?

This is a PDF you can download or print for reference when/if you want to manage your games and apps settings.
Managing Games and Apps - Walkthrough
2 pages
4 - Where do I find the thingy?
8 Lectures 15:26

The Timeline has a specific function - I'll tell you what it is and how to make the most of it.

What is my Timeline?

This is a PDF you can download or print for reference when/if you want to change your Timeline settings.
Timeline Settings - Walkthrough
1 page

So you want to make sure you've seen all the posts of your family's trip to Oregon? Let me show you how to focus in one just one person at a time!

How do I see a specific person?

Just to confuse you further, this tab in Facebook has two names. Your Homepage is your News Feed - and it can be very useful.

What is my Homepage? What is my News Feed?

Short answer? Yes. Longer answer? I can show you how to allow only certain people to see your photos. It's up to you to trust them.

Can other people download the photos on my Profile Page?

This is a PDF you can download or print for reference when/if you want to make your information private.
Making Your Info Private - Walkthrough
2 pages

A lot of people don't know where to find Help, or how very helpful the Help section is! Let me show you.

If I need Help, where can I find it?

This is a PDF you can download or print for reference when/if you want to look something up in the Help Center.
The Help Center - Walkthrough
2 pages
5 - What are friends and what do I do with them?
6 Lectures 21:40

How Facebook defines 'friends'.

What are friends?

Whether they find you or you find them, Facebook can be the ultimate connector - reuniting you with people you haven't seen for decades! Come with me to start your journey through time...

How do I add friends?

Are you a Facebook stalker? Let me show you how to stay current without being creepy.

Can people tell if I look at their profile?

Consider these Facebook etiquette guidelines when making and accepting Friend requests.

If someone friends me, do I have to accept?

Just because they're your friends doesn't mean you have to like or even see their posts. In this lecture, I'll show you how you can set parameters to more or less of something or someone.

Some people post things I don't like to see. What can I do?

Social Media has changed the way we interact, and what we expect. Here are things to consider...

Can people tell if you unfriend them? Is that mean? It sounds mean.
6 - What is Posting?
11 Lectures 31:05

Posts might seem like random thoughts shared with the world - but they are oh, so much more important than that. Let me explain...

What are posts?

In this lecture, I will walk you through how to post. Then you get to decide WHAT to post!

How do I post?

This is a PDF you can download or print for reference when/if you want to post text, pictures or videos.
Posting Basics - Walkthrough
4 pages

Sure! But let's take a look at the etiquette guidelines so you don't become a Facebook stalker.

I enjoy other people's posts but don't want to post anything myself. Is that ok?

The second half of this question I usually hear - "and couldn't I just comment that I liked it?" Let's take a look at when to Like and when to Comment.

What is the difference between a Like and Comment?

Facebook can be a mysterious place. The answer to this question is quite honestly, "it depends." Let me explain.

When I Like a post, who sees it?

This is a PDF you can download or print for reference when/if you want to share a post.
Sharing Basics - Walkthrough
4 pages

Writing their name doesn't do anything unless you 'TAG' them - and that's kind of neat. I'll show you how.

When I write the name of someone in a Comment, what does that do?

Tagging is about settings, what people are allowed to do with your name and your posts. So let me explain and in the process we will get your settings in place.

I tagged someone but don't see it on their Timeline, why not?

This is a PDF you can download or print for reference when/if you want to tag someone, or allow others to tag you, or change your tagging settings.
Tagging Basics - Walkthrough
4 pages

In this lecture, I will teach you the easiest way to make sure you see all of your family's posts.

My news feed goes on & on & on with other people's posts. How do I see family?
7 - What is Messaging?
4 Lectures 11:34

Facebook has cleverly included private messaging to keep you from needing email - here's how to use it.

How do you send a private 1 on 1 message to someone?

This is a PDF you can download or print for reference when/if you want to message someone using direct, private, messaging.
Messaging Basics - Walkthrough
3 pages

You can set your email notifications to let you know when you have a like, comment or even message on Facebook. In this lecture, I will show you where they all are.

My email says I have a message on Facebook, but I can't find it. Where is it?

This is a PDF you can download or print for reference when/if you want to manage your email notification settings.
Email Notifications - Walkthrough
2 pages
8 - In case I want to leave Facebook...
3 Lectures 09:54

You can check in any time you like, and, well, you can kind of leave. That is, you can delete your account. I'll show you how and tell you what I mean in this lecture.

Is this like Hotel California, or can I really leave?

In this lecture, I'll walk you through how to download all of your content from Facebook through Facebook itself.

I want to save all the pictures in my Facebook, is this possible?

This is a PDF you can download or print for reference when/if you want to delete your account from/through Facebook. NOTE: Review the lecture "Can I remove myself from Facebook COMPLETELY?!" in the Before I get on Facebook section BEFORE you do this.
Delete Account - Walkthrough
3 pages
9 - Wrapping Up
2 Lectures 03:41

Congratulations! You made it all of the way through the course! I've included a resource document in this lecture that give you a downloadable PDF of the important How To lectures which you can keep for easy reference. Included on the last page of this resource document is a special Thank You page for all of the Grandparents and Boomers who sent me questions for this course. THANK YOU ALL, and thank you to my students! I hope you've enjoyed this class. Please let me know if you have any questions by starting a Discussion, so other students can see the answer as well.


Here's a very cool website that will turn your Facebook into a real book! Plus a special discount offer for all my current students!

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About the Instructor
Louanne Saraga Walters
4.8 Average rating
89 Reviews
509 Students
9 Courses
Former News Anchor, Udemy Instructor, Online Talk Show Host

Louanne has coached and mentored students in video production, personal and spiritual growth, social media, organizational management and finance over the past two and half decades, helping them discover, develop and deepen their talents and skill sets.

Louanne has over 30 years in communications, teaching, finance and tourism including:

* A TV news reporter/anchor with three NBC affiliates (KPOM, KRIS, KWQC)
* A video programmer and cruise director with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines (RCCL)
* A financial advisor with Raymond James & Associates
* Director, Marketing & Communications at the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay
* Instructor to entrepreneurs, small businesses and nonprofits
* Co-Producer and Host of The Philanthropy Show®, an internet talk show program of My Video Voice Productions, the full scale video production company she owns with her wife, Sharon.

Louanne began working in radio in the mid 1980's learning all aspects of live and programmed radio broadcasting, and transitioned to television a few years later. She has 'grown up' with video production from the old school tape shooting and linear editing, to HD cams/DSLR's and using post production software and editors like Avid, Final Cut Pro, Motion and Compressor.

In addition to her behind the camera expertise, she's made the rare transition to 'on cam', capable of planning a project as producer, host, shooter and editor.

During her time as a Cruise Director with Royal Caribbean, the cruise line brought her off ships and into the Miami Headquarters to produce and host three 30 minute videos which aired during every cruise fleet-wide for more than 10 years.

"I'm grateful to be able to serve thousands more students through this amazing platform Udemy has provided! I look forward to connecting with you in class - and please let me know if you have any comments or questions in the Discussion sections!"

B.A. Communications and Political Science, Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas