As time has progressed, the internet has become an interwoven part of modern American life. It flows from the way that we communicate to the way that we get from place to place. The internet has become a part of life that is almost impossible to separate from. Hence why there is a Safer Internet Day — to bring awareness and spark conversation. This year’s theme is Together for a Better Internet to hopefully inspire a collaborative approach to handling the increasing challenges and growth of the digital landscape.
Here’s my take on the debate:
The internet is not going anywhere. In fact, I believe it will become more and more a part of modern life. I see that the more this becomes the case, and the earlier that children get exposed, initiated and integrated into the systems and routines of internet usage and dependence, it is critical that we create good digital citizens and model positive digital behaviors as parents in the digital age… which so often easier said than done.
It also becomes increasingly vital that our tech giants and innovators be forward thinking and mindful of the effects of their creations. The landscape is changing daily. It can seem like an uphill battle, but if we do not stay engaged — we cannot help our children navigate the dynamic terrain of the internet.
I love this take on it from Stephen Balkan, founder of the Family Online Safety Institute. You can view his article here, but what do you think about the role of the internet? How do you use it?
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