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Insights

Reading Living and Learning with New Media: Summary of Findings from the Digital Youth Project really brought all the different conversations that my friends with pre-teens and teens have about their kids always being ‘connected,’ ‘gaming,’ etc  into perspective for me.  My own children are not yet at the age where their friendships are influenced by new media (and because as a family we really limit our screen time and have a rule that there are no electronics on if a friend is over). Yes I know this will be short-lived, so this article was a great in-sight into the changes that have taken place since I was a teenager :-) I can see that my work is cut out for me and that its going to be a steep learning curve but that is the way life is. Connecting over the ‘generational’ gap is part of the process.

Interestingly, I thought that the comments about the transformations in friends and friendships applies to most of the adults I know. The definitions for these terms and the ways in which we reach out and connect with individuals sure has changed. Being an international teacher with family and friends in various places I know that social media plays a BIG part in how I stay connected.  Social media has also played a huge part in how I start to build my connections when I move to a new place. Guess I am a hanging out and messing around individual myself-at least to a certain extent.  Sure my social life is not as ‘connected’ online as that of a 16 year old but I think its good to see that there are similarities. Perhaps that opens the door to us ‘oldies’ learning from the kids who are the experts :-)

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    James Couch

    I agree that the social transformation hasn’t been limited to adults. As you said, social media allows international educators like us to quickly network with other teachers when moving to a new school. However, I do think most of us who are “older” network differently than most teenagers. Using Facebook as an example; I don’t accept friendship invites from anyone I don’t actually know. If I’m not friends with someone in real life I have no interest in adding their “news feed” to my page. I think young people don’t have any problem with this, and conversely enjoy having their number of “friends” climb as high as they can get it.

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