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
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  • Lectures 62
  • Length 3.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 1/2016 English

Course Description

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!

What are the requirements?

  • 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

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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!)

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

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: 1 - Introduction to the Course

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.

8 pages

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.

Section 2: 2 - Before I get a Facebook...

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


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.


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


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!


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


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


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


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.


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.


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


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


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


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


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

4 pages

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

Section 3: 3 - Getting around my Facebook Profile

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


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


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

3 pages

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


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

2 pages
This is a PDF you can download or print for reference when/if you want to change your privacy settings.

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


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


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.


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

2 pages
This is a PDF you can download or print for reference when/if you want to manage your games and apps settings.
Section 4: 4 - Where do I find the thingy?

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

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

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!


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


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.

2 pages
This is a PDF you can download or print for reference when/if you want to make your information private.

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

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

How Facebook defines '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...


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


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


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.


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

Section 6: 6 - What is Posting?

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


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

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

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


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.


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

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

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


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.

4 pages
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.

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

Section 7: 7 - What is Messaging?

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

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

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.

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

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.


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

3 pages
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.
Section 9: 9 - Wrapping Up

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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Instructor Biography

Louanne Saraga Walters, 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

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