Senior citizens got hip with social media at a Trade Secrets meeting June 21 hosted by the Harker Heights Senior Recreation Program.

Lisa Youngblood, director of the Stewart C. Meyer Public Library, shared a visual presentation with helpful hints about computers and the dangers of digital media.

“One does not need to know everything about social media,” she said. “Don’t be afraid of it, but learn how to transfer information.”

Youngblood guided participants through the city’s website and the services offered there. She also demonstrated the usefulness of e-readers, Smartphones, apps and texting. Youngblood said texting is good for staying in touch with grandchildren and suggested grandparents get texting instructions from their grandkids. Seniors also received a handout outlining the acronyms used when texting and their meanings.

Youngblood said seniors don’t have to purchase computers, as they can use the library’s computers and get help finding what they need online.

Participants, such as Christine O’Brien, learned a lot about social media and library resources.

“I’m glad I can go to the library to be able to use the computer,” she said.

“This information clarified the difference in terminology when dealing with computers and phones,” Trudy Foy said.

For more information about senior activities in Harker Heights, call (254) 953-5657.

Herald/Sandra Duffy Oliver​

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