We have got a recent report from Pew Research about the usage of social media by senior citizens. It shows that seniors of 65 years and above are using social media more than earlier. Among them, around 46% are using one or more network of social media. As per the numerical calculation, it has been interpreted that approximately 6 out of 10 elders are using the internet today which is a promising number rising consistently.
The internet and its usage are not confined to the young and earning generation anymore. The retired, elderly people are also accessing the internet for various aspects like information gathering, entertainment, connecting to other people, etc. Again, retired life is associated with boredom. The seniors usually prefer living separately with other elderly citizens in a building.
As per a survey, it has been observed that the seniors count on the social media sites to stay connected to grandchildren and children, old friends, see family pictures and communicate with family and friends who stay abroad.
With the fortune of the internet comes the inherent risks that should be addressed. The older generation may not be as tech savvy as the current generation (AKA Gen Z). Certain questions come to mind:
- What action should we take if the elderly resident unknowingly falls into a trap and becomes a victim of financial or social exploitation online?
- Is monitoring the access on the WiFi network needed?
- Is the particular facility responsible for illegal activity done on WiFi network?
- Is the privacy of the resident is fully protected?
- Should specific websites be blocked from the senior residents?
- The admittance that certain contents can be improper, harmful, offensive, and misleading
- The user’s liability
- The depiction of the aspects considered as unaccepted use
- Limitation of the liability
- Termination of WiFi access to the wrong user
Nowadays, everybody is using smartphones connected to the WiFi/ internet. Common WiFi network is shared in the senior living. Even, the pocket-sized device lays potential risks for the elderlies. The users often share their location while using the phone and interacting via social media. The third party can track the location data. Again, the smartphone camera also possesses high risk as the photos may fall into wrong hands and reveal more than the needed. Smartphones can be hacked easily and banking and personal details can be extracted from it for misuse.
WiFi providers are taking care
If we look at the past, we can view that the business bureaus and the computer labs used to meet the demands of the senior population that often fell short.
With the rise of the urge for WiFi connectivity, the admin of the assisted living is setting public WiFi with proper training to the residents for the ultimate protection from dark-web runners. As per the surveys of the baby boomer generation, the internet use is going to rise manifold as the senior citizens will bring their computers, laptops, smartphones, etc. to their retirement house and use them for their desired purpose.
Besides, the specialized internet providers are emerging more in number, with the sole focus on the internet service provider to the senior communities along with sharing various statistics and articles to further boost the senior living residencies to invest on the WiFi trend.
The WiFi solution is now an expectation rather than an exception as the usage of internet through a shared network by the old residents living in the senior living has become a daily necessity like the young generation of the society. From chatting with faraway friends to managing medications, the geriatric members are doing everything from their homestay.
The only thing is to keep in check is the unauthorized site accessing. Detailed internet usage training and the process of noticing threats must be rendered to them so that they can immediately contact the emergency helpline if they sense any malicious online guest. The senior citizens must be taken care of with gentle care.
WiFi connectivity issues are quite common, especially when the area of coverage is massive and beyond the scope of the router functionality. In such cases, we would strongly recommend the installation of additional wireless antenna or cell phone signal boosters to amp up the connection at a very reasonable one-time cost.
With that, we will bring this post to a close. Hope you had a good read.