Sack the net nanny, talk to your kids is a piece which looks at the positive benefits of teaching children the advantages of learning to live sustainably within the environment of the inernet paradigm rather than in spite of it. Interesting reading.
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If any further leverage is needed to convince people that the online world is a ubiquitous part of our world and definitely not some passing fad, then consider the extent to which the political world has realised the need to develop an online presence and look for ways to harness a range of web 2.0 media to try to connect with a younger generation of voters.
If the cold hard realities of the world have driven our politicians in this direction then clearly we are beyond the point where educators, especially those who deal with younger people, can excuse their lack of engagement with an online world on the basis of a level of personal discomfort, or philosophical preference. If we are serious about engaging young people within our schools then we have to accept that it may be our paradigm which has to shift, rather than the expectation that a newer generation of digital natives readjust their paradigm to a retro view of the world.
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