When you in a situation like this online forums become most important.
On my birthday a lot of my old kids posted on my timeline. During the last five years it has been so nice to hear how much I meant to them. I have found that I do like to keep up with what people are doing it and this is a way I can do it.
I am aware that many people disclose far too much information in social media but this is where it can be a boon to some.
I do think that it is important that children are taught early on about how to use social media and about internet safety.