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Seniors and students at Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar school participating in the pilot program. Photo: Feros Care

Students urged to ‘Ask Gran not Google’

The government is prompting Australian students looking for answers to life’s question to ask their grandparents before turning to Google.

More than 150 schools have registered for Ask Gran Not Google, a concept driven by aged care provider Feros Care.

The project, officially launched yesterday, aims to forge stronger links between younger Australians and older adults.

Students are asked to write or video-message questions to seniors in their life, including neighbours, family friends and aged care residents.

Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Ken Wyatt said the initiative is a reminder to young people and the wider community that the internet is far from the only source of valuable information in today’s world.

The idea for Ask Gran Not Google came from Feros Care’s Shelly Fletcher, whose family banned technology to redirect questions to grandparents.

“My family is overjoyed that our little experiment is sparking a much bigger conversation about the wisdom, experience and value our seniors can bring to the lives of young people,” Fletcher said.

Feros Care chief executive Jennene Buckley said its important children are exposed to positive attitudes about ageing, and added seniors can help them develop skills to enhance lifelong learning in ways the internet is unable to.

“And Ask Gran Not Google is just as crucial for seniors as we are seeing it promote improved health and wellbeing.”

Buckley said she was “blown away” by the response from schools. “We always knew the concept would be well received but have been overwhelmed by how quickly teachers have rushed to sign up since we were able to expand the program.”

Feros Care is aiming for Ask Gran Not Google to reach more than 950 schools across four states in the next three years.

Click below to watch a video about the project’s early days.

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