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Recapping DoSomething.org's "Grandparents Gone Wired" Campaign

In December, we told you about Skype and DoSomething.org’s exciting holiday campaign to help adults age 65 and older get wired. By inspiring tech savvy teens to share their knowledge with seniors, Skype’s goal was to help more people stay connected through technology – both during the holiday season and year-round. We’re now thrilled to share the success of the first “Grandparents Gone Wired” campaign!

After reaching out to DoSomething.org’s network of teen volunteers across the country, through social media channels and to educators via Skype in the classroom, over 12,000 participants signed up to help seniors in their communities learn how to keep in touch with others online using programs such as Skype, Gmail and Facebook. We’re excited to think of all the adults age 65 and older that now understand how to use these tools to stay in touch with loved ones from afar.

Even more, we can only imagine how helping others impacted these teens in a positive way! Kayla Kawalec, one of the participating teens (pictured below), commented: “At first, my grandparents were perfectly fine being ‘disconnected.’ They thought learning how to use Skype and Facebook would be too hard, and before this December they never even owned a computer. Once I explained how easy it really was, they were very interested and excited to learn how to communicate with their friends and family online.”

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While the first “Grandparents Gone Wired” campaign has concluded, we hope teens around the world will continue to educate seniors in their lives on how to stay connected using technology tools like Skype. If you plan to teach your grandparents, family friends, or others how to use Skype, leave a comment and share your story with us.

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