The Real Issue with Children and Technology

TED-sole-mainLarry Ellison’s opinion is the latest saying ‘Technology has ‘negatively impacted’ children…’ Why can’t these adults see that Tech has nothing negative to do with it!? I have chatted with some people on forums who testified that online gadgets have helped improve the general performance of their children. How? Those people knew how to make their children use Tech properly. As simple as that. They don’t let Tech control their children, period.

‘In Larry Ellison’s view, though technology is at root “neither good nor bad … it can sometimes be disturbing to see how technology has, I think, very, very negatively impacted the lives of our children.”

‘Ellison is not alone in his view that technology can be bad for children. MIT professor Sherry Turkle has made similar warnings in talks and books about how technology poses a great danger to the development of social skills in the young.

‘More broadly, writer Nicholas Carr has become a cautious critic of technology as well. In The Shallows: What The Internet Is Doing To Our Brains, he writes at length about how the availability of easy information retrieval via services like Google may be eroding our ability to think clearly…’

Evidence that Facebook’s Revenue is Based on Fake “Likes”
‘I know first-hand that Facebook’s advertising model is deeply flawed. When I paid to promote my page I gained 80,000 followers in developing countries who didn’t care about Veritasium (but I wasn’t aware of this at the time). They drove my reach and engagement numbers down, basically rendering the page useless. I am not the only one who has experienced this. Rory Cellan-Jones had the same luck with Virtual Bagel:

‘The US Department of State spent $630,000 to acquire 2 million page likes and then realized only 2% were engaged…’
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Satire or Hoax?
What Is Responsible Satire in the Viral Media Age?
‘…satire is meant to pointedly reveal the foolishness of a particular idea or entity, and hoaxes are created to deliberately fool others into believing them.

‘To make matters more challenging, The Daily Currant publishes near-believable prose. It doesn’t “heighten” storytelling details like most other modern satire, most notably by The Onion or The Borowitz Report.

‘Whether or not you find the article funny, the event raises questions about the responsibility of satirists in the social media age. Does a story have to be clearly false to be satire? Is it more the reader’s responsibility to fact-check before he shares, or should the publication clearly label its content?…’

What Exactly is a Mixed Content Warning?
‘“This site has insecure content;” “only secure content is displayed;” “Firefox has blocked content that isn’t secure.” You’ll occasionally come across these warnings while browsing the web, but what exactly do they mean?

‘There are two types of mixed content — one is worse than the other, but neither is good. Mixed content warnings are in indication that something is wrong with a web page you’re visiting…’
What is Mixed Content?


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Poch is a Bookrix author and a freelance writer. He is a frequent contributor to TED Conversations.
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