- Quote: The research suggests that kids who live online understand the process
by which knowledge is produced and shared in an online environment,
whereas those kids who come in within 10 minutes, they’re trying to get
the answer and get off. So they’re not as critical of a corporate Web
site, for example. That’s just one example of some fundamental
inequalities in access to social skills and culture competencies
between the information-haves and have-nots.
Note: Interesting interview with Henry Jenkins, who I personally think articulates the moment very clearly. I find that access gap as it relates to literacy to be really interesting.
– post by willrich
Tonya Witherspoon says
Very intriguing article. Thanks for sharing, Will.
Jenkins says, “kids don’t need someone looking over their shoulders, they need someone watching their backs.” I find this quote very true. We have five kids(9,15,16,17,19) at home who have access to technology and media 24/7. I witness daily their participation in worldwide conversations with people of all ages on topics as broad as their minds take them. We decided long ago to spend our time participating in these conversations with our children instead of putting up fences to limit their involvement. It takes much more time and energy to “watch our children’s backs” than it does to “look over their shoulders” but the rewards are exponential.