New program to get kids to ‘Ask Gran, Not Google’
REMEMBER the days before the internet when you had to ask your elders for information to succeed in life?
The Australian Government certainly does, and it wants younger Australians to "Ask Gran, Not Google".
The Morrison Government is backing a 'ground-breaking' program that will entice millennials to turn off their devices and seek the answers to life's big questions from their elders.
"This is a win-win innovation for young and old, focussing on the fun of generational sharing and the value of personal connections," said Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care, Ken Wyatt AM.
"Ask Gran Not Google is a touching reminder to young people and the wider community that the internet is far from the only source of valuable information in today's world."
Over 22,000 students from 150 schools across Victoria, Queensland and Tasmania will be able to connect with senior Australians through several mediums of communication.
"It combines old-fashioned and high-tech methods to link young and old," Minister Wyatt said.
"While many questions are delivered via written postcards, the new Government-funded Virtual Seniors Centre offers the option of connecting the generations through video conferencing."
Assistant Minister for Children and Families, Michelle Landry, said both young and old will get the maximum benefits from the program.
"This exciting project builds social inclusion and a sense of belonging," said Ms Landry.
"By engaging more with older people, children and teenagers gain invaluable insights into the role seniors can play in their lives and in society.
"These types of projects inspire young people, enrich our communities, and promote wellbeing and safety," said Ms Landry.
"Senior Australians in particular benefit from the social engagement and appreciation, while young students broaden their understanding and develop their communications skills."
The Ask Gran Not Google program is driven by aged care provider Feros Care through the Strong and Resilient Communities Grant.
Feros Care hopes Ask Gran Not Google will reach 91,000 students in more than 950 schools during the next three years, with plans to further expand it to 3,600 schools and 246,000 students.