To the Journal editor:
It’s no secret that the explosive growth of the Internet is transforming kids’ lives.
Studies show that by age 5 years, 50 percent of children regularly interact with a computer or tablet device. Indeed, iPads and iPhones have become digital staples for youth.
The bright side to this technology obsession is that technology-savvy students learn better and faster.
They have higher self-esteem as a result of their new skills, and they tend to take a more proactive approach to learning and exploring their interests.
To see the future of technology through the eyes of youth, one needs look no further than the 13th Annual AT&T/MACUL Student Technology Showcase held in the State Capitol Building in Lansing on Oct. 23. Students from throughout Michigan gathered to show state legislators, the public and each other how they are using technology to learn.
Children are exploring the world of technology and cloud services in ways that couldn’t have been imagined just five years ago. Access to the Internet is taking them to new heights.
We need legislation, educational efforts and norms that allow us to maximize these opportunities while minimizing the risks for kids, giving them the safe, inspiring childhood they deserve.