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As Queensland Seniors Week comes to an end, it’s time for kids to ask Gran, not Google.

Encyclopedias, libraries, parents and family were some of the ways we found answers to life’s questions before the Internet. In the technological age, today’s school kids can readily source the answer to pretty much anything on their mobile phones.

Ask Gran Not Google is the brainchild of Feros Care’s Shelly Fletcher, whose family banned technology in favour of going to another trusted source, grandparents. Shelley and her cousins did a family experiment where all questions were directed at Nana and Pop first before searching online.

Feros Care CEO Jennene Buckley believes we are missing out on the anecdotal information, funny stories and heart-felt and wise advice that seniors can share with us when searching for answers on Google.

“You only have to look to our Aboriginal and Torres Strait communities who truly understand the status and value of their elders within their community,” Jennene says. “This campaign acknowledges how much younger generations can benefit from the wisdom and knowledge of our older generations.

“Internet has information at your finger-tips but there is nothing better than the trusted wise resource of our elders and the experience, mistakes and lessons and learnings they can share.”

Feros Care is taking its old-fashioned learning into the classrooms this Queensland Seniors Week with students at 10 Queensland schools taking up the challenge of looking beyond a keyboard. Over the course of the week the kids ditched Google in favour of asking their grandparents and other seniors.

Participating schools engaged seniors and grandparents in their classroom activities who shared their wisdom and knowledge with students throughout the week.

“It is so much more than researching information online. It’s about younger people understanding the importance of reaching out to a grandparent or senior and seek their wisdom and advice on life’s important questions and learnings.” Jennene says.

Seniors Week might be coming to an end, but it’s the perfect time to get our kids to ask their Grandparents before taking the easy path and Googling the answers.

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