By Hayley Blow
In the lead up to Grandparents day on Sunday 7th October, Age UK have completed a #Grandpics campaign that has revealed that most grandparents (71% in fact) believe their grandchildren bring them a new lease of life. But what does it take to be a 21st century grandparent?
Charity Director of Age UK, Caroline Abrahams commented based on the survey that grandparenting “is still based on the timeless values of love and mutual support but that many grandparents particularly appreciate being kept in touch with a fast changing world by their savvy grandchildren.”
Did you know?
98% of grandparents said they felt it was important that younger and older generations learn from each other:
41% said their grandchildren helped them use their mobile phones, computers and tablets.
37% said their grandchildren had introduced them to new songs, music and TV programmes.
21% had learnt new languages or phrases.
23% had learnt a new dance move such as ‘The Floss’.
What is “The Floss” and have you learnt it yet?
The floss is a dance craze that has been particularly popular this year with younger members of the family. The dance move was created by teenage social media star Russell Horning but it’s popularity soared when it was featured in the popular video game ‘Fortnite’ and has now had celebrities and children across the world performing it.
Most popular activities grandparents do with their grandchildren:
Sitting down with their grandchildren watching TV, cartoons or films
Going to the park was a close second.
Reading together was also a top activity.
What technology are grandparents using?
Almost 1/4 of grandparents who participated use WhatsApp or text.
1/5 of grandparents use social media, like Facebook and Twitter.
Most popular technology used was video calling methods like Skype or Facetime.