By Mike Gustin, Greg Klein, and Shana Rosenberg
With the advent of mass computerization and the rapid sweep of the Internet, our society is raising a different type of child. These so called "N-gen" children "seem to be different from the TV generation in a number of ways. And these trends emerging are good news for children and society. They are alert, focused, and certainly in control." (Tapscott, 1998) We will attempt to examine the effects of computers and the Internet on this new generation of children.
Today's foremost authority on children and computerization, Donald Tapscott, presents his theories in the book Growing Up Digital: The Rise of the Net Generation. We summarize these theories in order to present the popular view of how computer usage affects our children. We then look at counter arguments to some of his more optimistic predictions and generalizations. In order to examine these differing views, we conducted a study of our own, surveying a group of children from local schools. We found that although Tapscott's theories indeed hold some weight, he glossed over many of the issues for today's youth and computers.
For a more in depth look into our study and our conclusions on the "N-Generation", follow our links on the left.
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