by Dr. Mel Tavares
Digitally Savvy Grandparents
“Hey, Grandma! How do you know so much about TikTok and Instagram?” my then twelve-year-old granddaughter asked inquisitively.
Looking intently at her facial responses, I inquired, “Does it bother you that I know the social spots you hang out in?”
She laughed a nervous laugh and replied, “No. Why would it? I don’t even use them.”
After several seconds of silence, I called her by her Instagram handle. She gasped. “How do you know that? I didn’t tell the family!”
I smiled and said, “I am a digitally savvy grandma and make it my business to know because I love you and want to be able to stay connected.”