Darn Straight: Fear of the Future with Kids Online
Our current culture is stuck on the underlying fear of the dangers surrounding our kids online. While there may be dangers, they are greatly outnumbered by the potential wonders and great experiences that are possible now because of the web and technology in general. To take a knee jerk reaction and prohibit or limit use of the web is not only a pedantic reaction, but potentially a detrimental one for your kid’s development.
The future (and the present) is wired and will continue to be. Parents need to step up and become educated in the net and what their kids are doing online – both good and bad. But how? And by whom? We can’t rely on them to just do it on their own over night. Even if they have the desire, they may not have the resources or be too overwhelmed to even know where to begin.
There is a sea change coming soon on how people view the net. Gen X’rs and beyond have more knowledge and have less fear of the net and will pass this thinking onto their kids (whom they are already having). In the interim time though, until the change is here, we, as community professionals, have to prepare to help out…
I recommend you check out Joi’s continuing response to “the future” in the link above. She’s exactly the person to be talking to if you have questions about strategy, youth online, and how the future can be changed in regards to parents knowledge & kid safety online.
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