Growing Up OnlineWhat are some advantages and disadvantages of growing up online?
I think one advantage is the social networking available. If used right, it can be an excellent tool for communication. Not only can people use social networking to keep in touch with friends, but they can also use it to spread the word about something or discuss important topic. The obvious disadvantage to this is some people do not know how to use social networking effectively, or they dont' realize that people may be judging them based on the image they portray on a social networking site. As I always say in discussions regarding technology and the internet: it's important to teach young people how to use it effectively. It's not going to go away, so learning how to undrestand it and avoid abusing it is very important.
Another disadvantage comes from how we find information. In previous generations, one had to go to the library or seek out a source of information. This might mean deciding which newspaper to buy or finding someone to ask. Now, kids can simply search the internet. They do not learn the problem solving skills from seeking information. A computer does this task for them. Of course, it's wonderful to have a wealth of information ready to present itself, but sometimes this can lead to an impatience in students. They want things instantly and aren't willing to take the time to learn the information or the problem solving skills they will need.
It is a lot easier for kids to be connected to news sources than it used to be. They don't have to watch the news at a certain time or find a newspaper. I is also very easy to remain connected to people.
One disadvantage may be that there are so many different sources of information that one has to be careful about who to give credence to. A reputable news organization can easily be challenged by anybody who can set up a website to espouse their views, which may or may not be credible.
Kids today have access to a lot more information than we did. When they have a question, they can get an answer immediately. Of course, there are some disadvantages to this. Sometimes they don't take the time to think for themselves. Sometimes they don't know how to evaluate the quality of the information.