“Digital natives are individuals born or brought up during the digital technology era; and therefore are familiar with computers, portable devices, tablets, smart phones, the Internet and social media from an early age.”
The term digital native was coined by education consultant Marc Prensky in 2001. The widespread adoption of various digital technologies by today’s teenagers has added a modern wrinkle to a universal challenge of parenthood–specifically, striking a balance between allowing independent explorations and providing an appropriate level of parental oversight. Social media is the new social currency for these digital natives.
Digital connectivity offers many potential benefits from connecting with peers to accessing educational content. However, many parents are concerned about the behaviors teens engage in online activities and social media. Parents are concerned about the people with whom their teenagers interact; and the personal information they give out.
Indeed, these concerns are not limited to parents. Lawmakers and advocates have raised concerns about issues such as online safety, cyber bullying and privacy issues affecting teens.
Are you prepared to raise your kids in the digital age?
Are you interested in learning how to protect your children from the danger of social media and online activities?
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