Kids and Adults: How To Avert Communication Breakdown

| April 26, 2013 | 78 Comments
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By Matt Levinson

Kids operate in a blizzard of communication — texts, social media, music, photography, games, and videos. They’re eager to share any and all new media they discover. In fact, their default action is to share and distribute as they’re living the moment.

For the most part, adults take on a more contained, traditional approach to communication, and are more accustomed to face-to-face interaction or talking on the phone than kids.

Schools, meanwhile, serve as the point of intersection for kids and adults, who are often trapped in the cross hairs of different modes and patterns of communication. Frustration invariably surfaces as kids and adults struggle to figure out how to co-exist in schools where technology is being introduced and integrated, especially through the very devices they use for social interaction.

Kids think of mobile devices holistically, in that the device encompasses everything – email, video, photos, games, music, social media – all existing as one system. Their online world is one world.

For teachers, mobile devices in schools are used specifically as tools to enhance learning. In the adult mindset, there’s a time and a place for looking at photos or videos, playing a learning game in the context of a specific discipline, or making or listening to music as part of a project. But for kids who are growing up in a world without walls, this adult mode of compartmentalization seems confining. And therein lies the tension.

Ironically, parents are often frustrated that their child does not share enough with them about what happens at school. When parents ask, “How was school today?” kids’ response is often an unsatisfying “fine or okay.” But check their Facebook or Instagram, and you’ll likely find play-by-plays of their day’s events.

AN OPPORTUNITY AT SCHOOL

There are often two separate worlds between adults and kids and technology and schools have the perfect opportunity to bridge these two worlds with thoughtfully designed learning experiences that account for the holistic, sharing mindset that students bring with technology.

How can schools bring students into the communication process? By providing day-to-day examples in class of how to use mobile devices for communicating with each other and with adults.

 

For example, educators can have students generate projects around topics of interest. For example, in a recent fifth-grade conservation action project, students debated and discussed the correct wording of a problem statement in order to look at ways their school can better conserve resources by examining behavior, resources, and systems. Having the students creating the problem statement invites ownership over the project — plus they examined specifically the act of communication through words.

Students can work on problems in design teams and create their own online communities so they can work on projects at home, at school, or wherever they are, with whatever device they have available to them.

Educators can seize on opportunities to talk about digital citizenship. In online spaces at school, students will engage in ways that are appropriate, but they will also bring their out-of-school online dialogues and patterns into the space. This is natural and expected, but educators can take the time to create norms for acceptable communication. Including students in the creation of these norms will go a long way in getting buy-in from students.

And finally, teachers can make time and room for sharing. Along the way, through the fifth-grade project, students share their progress, receive feedback, then go back and conduct further research to deepen their understanding of the issue under investigation. Students are learning about search literacy and building their research skills, exploring different types of online sources to figure out which will yield the most data to further understanding of the issue.

Through this process, students hopefully learn that their devices can connect them to more than just their friends’ ephemeral doings, but to meaningful work and communication.

Matt Levinson is the Head of the Upper Division at Marin Country Day School in Corte Madera, Calif. and the author of From Fear to Facebook: One School’s Journey.
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  • SusannahB

    I agree that when kids help make the rules they are more likely to follow them. That’s how it’s been done at several activities I’ve been a part of. At some summer camps they have you make “community agreements” om the first day of camp. We did this in Digital Citizenship as well, when we talked about “the do’s and don’ts of online communication.” I think that that was a good system and it has seemed to work out so far.

    • SusannahB

      Susannah Brodnitz

  • Jessica L-P

    I agree that technology can help education, but it can destroy it too. I spend most of my free time on social networking sites (even though they can be extremely boring) just because I want to put off any work I have. Before I discovered sites like Reddit, Tumblr, or Facebook, I would spend my free time reading, or playing outside. I’m in a dangerous loop that I can’t get out of. Technology has come a long way, but is it helping us, or tearing us apart?

    • Jessica L-P

      Jessica Lundy-Paine

  • Andrew Bonifacio

    I think technology should partake a crucial role in education because it makes it easier for us to communicate.

    • Andrew Bonifacio

      It also teaches us how to speak properly. We have to type professionally and that will translate to us speaking professionally. Technology could also be bad for education because teenagers go on social networking sites even when they aren’t suppose to. So it distracts them from their work.

  • Erkhes B

    For the most part, I agree that adults take a more traditional approach to communication usually by talking on the phone or face-to-face, but they must adapt to text messaging and e-mails to keep up with the current generation. The answer to the question “how was school today” sounds pretty typical. I don’t bother telling my parents what happened at school and would rather just leave it off at good or fine. Although many kids do use their mobile devices for games and such, many also use it to research topics and find information on a topic in class and with advanced search engines like google, it’s even easier now. Even when kids are playing video games, or watching videos, they are still learning something, whether it be an event or vocabulary.

    • Erkhes B

      Erkhes Baterdene 2nd Period

  • TD

    I agree with how they are trying to find other helpful uses for electronic devices. This will be a great way to improve by not just looking at social media websites. They would use it for work such as projects and meaningful communication to adults other than their friends. If the kids make the rules on how to use the devices, then they are willing to follow it more. Instead of just keeping all the juicy information to themselves, maybe they will be more open to sharing what happened at school with their parents.

    • TD

      Tiffany D.

  • Christopher Rodas

    Yes, they should have educators have students generate projects around topics of interest because it will teach them what is a good thing to do and not do the bad things because the hard research they did. “Having the
    students creating the problem statement invites ownership over the
    project — plus they examined specifically the act of communication
    through words”. Digital Citizenship would be a great class for kids to learn the appropriate way to communicate in social media or in a other way to communicate with. It will help them and its perfect.

  • nicole landingin

    Technology can be very helpful to education but also can be a distraction. I spend most of my time on my electronic device. I think technology should be a part of our education because it has become a daily use. We should learn to use it correctly during the right time.

    • nicole landingin

      nicole landingin

  • Alex H

    I agree that technology not only can help education, but is helping today. we have come a far way and technology is growing and making peoples lives. It can also be a distraction for most kids. Facebook and instagram is addicting to almost everyone i know.

  • William Yu

    I agree that kids and adults do have different mindsets on communication and that can be frustrating to everybody. The fact that technology exists splits the young and the old because of the lack of experience with technology and how how it expands everyday. Parents often find themselves feeling left out of their kids lives because of the lack of communication. The amount of effort placed by the adult seems to be none to kids because kids tend to share things digitally. If adults could work with kids electronically, it would probably connect them better and both would have a better understanding of each other.

    • William Yu

      William Yu

  • ariana alonso

    I agree that sometimes students tend to use their phones more than necessary, but they also use them for research. The question “how was school today?” is so played out so people say the same thing everyday. It is time for adults to adapt to the technology era because things are not the same as when they were growing up. However, I do believe that students can get distracted with technology during class. I see it everyday. Sooner or later all schools are going to be on iPads and not books.

    • ariana alonso

      Ariiana Alonso

  • Siouxsie Hernandez

    I think education and technology can definitely go hand on hand and the outcome could be helpful however it as stated by adults depends on the conduct. The way you act on Facebook and a school blog are different; this is were conduct is key. Digital citizenship classes are essential and I think that the class truly prepares kids of what is expected of them in the ever-expanding internet. Everything is permanent and for the world to see and it is important for teens, kids and even adults to know that much like the work force vs your daily life there are different forms of conduct everywhere. After learning this using technology at school could become a very powerful tool.

    • siouxsie hernandez

      SIOUX H.

  • Sofia Andrade

    Technology now can be used both ways, as a good way and a bad way. Now teacher use technology as a way to help us learn and communicate with them we get more homework that involves using technology. Also we teenagers sometimes don’t know how to control how we use the technology. We use it as a distraction and that makes the times pass by and we leave all our assignments till the last minute. And some parents do use technology as a way of communicating but not as much as we teenagers use it.

  • Amin Ahmed

    Technology is benefiting us in many ways, especially education. Students get most of their resources through technology. The problem with technology is that it is weakening our communication skills. Students are more willing to communicate through the internet than face to face. Technology is benefiting us and harming our society at the same time.

  • Ajhane’ Hall

    I totally agree that technology can help with education. Today, you can see that it does help with research another things. I don’t think it could destroy education though. I feel as though it could distract you at times but other than that, technology is a great way to relate to our generation and enjoy learning new things that can connect to us. It all depends on how well you use your time with technology and how well you know the dos and dont’s of online activities.

  • Madison-Lane Leonesio

    i would say i agree that students trend to use their electronic deceives more then anything else because i know that i would rather be on my phone then talk to my parents about my day. even though I’m not one of those people that is on Facebook or Instagram all day i don’t share my day with my parents unless some big happened and they should know.

    Madison-Lane Leonesio

  • David Linzie

    I think its cool for kids to use Facebook and Instagram sometimes but not 24/7 because it can be a big distraction to your life

    • gabriel alatmirano

      TRUE

    • Alex Sifuentes

      Totally agree, when you see someone on their phone all the time it does not look good. As if they do not have good social skills because they do not talk, their are just on their phone. Or when someone is posting everything they do. There whole life, problems, and situations. Putting all their business out there for attention. It seems like they do not have a life, since that is their life.

  • Mako Williams

    Originally, the internet was create so that people could better communicate with each other. As the internet has developed, people have made it easier and easier to do so. This includes communication, and other activities such a research and online classrooms. But these aren’t the only thing you are able to do on the internet. Over the last decade, social networking ans entertainment site have taken over the mind of many young people all over the world. Don’t get me wrong, sharing a picture of your favorite dessert is cool, but by doing things like this ALL the time, communication online has become the only way we know how to communicate. Especially with with the younger generation, because they have basically grown up on the internet.

  • Rhonai Worthy

    I think that the statement where they said Kid come home and the parents ask “how was your day at school” and the kids respond by saying “good or okay.” I truly agree with this because to be honest when my mom ask me those questions. I respond by said good or okay regardless if anything bad has happened. I say that because I really don’t want my mom to get worked up over nothing,after she has had a long hard , busy schedule at work. But one thing that my mom does do is she find out how my day went because on Instagram or Facebook my mom goes through an checks my stuff out. Also want to say that the day-to-day comment is very good way of letting the next generatiion know how to actually communicate with other , other than bullying them.

  • AbbieK

    True enough, technology is a fantastic way to give educators many more approaches to lessons. however, I do not agree that all adults are completely unaccustomed to the ways of communicating on the internet. I am a teen and I plenty of adults who are a lot more accustom to social media than I am. My generation is the is one of the last to experience the world without social media so we are also one of the first to experience its full impact. Social media can extremely addicting. As it has just really got off the ground within the last few years, now is the best time to get a hand on it before it gets completely out of control. The problem is, it already has.

  • SalehS

    I agree that technology can bge used in many ways. It can help you if you use it wisely and it can destroy you if you abuse it. Students and teachers use technology for education purposes. Other people who use it as a everyday communicate and free time are the people who are dilapidating there communication skills in the long run. Also, I think that kids are sharing alot of information throughout technology.

  • Justin Padriquilla

    I think that technology will definitely enhance our education because we are in an age where technology controls what we do. Teachers and adults should use it more often because it helps interact with students. Technology also helps with grading school work much easier! It benefits us in so many ways that isn’t distracting!

  • Abegail Salvador

    I think that technology is definitely a benefit of the new age, especially in terms of student/teacher interaction and education. Of course, there are cons to technology too because it can generate some laziness within students in grammar and spelling. Nonetheless, it’s a great form of communication. It builds over a gap between students and teachers and allows for a more thorough relationship to be built.

  • gabriel alatmirano

    I agree that technology can help education, but it can destroy it too. I
    spend most of my free time on social networking sites (even though they
    can be extremely boring) just because I want to put off any work I
    have. Before I discovered sites like Reddit, Tumblr, or Facebook, I
    would spend my free time reading, or playing outside. I’m in a dangerous
    loop that I can’t get out of. Technology has come a long way, but is it
    helping us, or tearing us apart?

  • tjackson

    I think that there is really a problem with communication between students and there parents. most kids know that in order to talk to their parent they either need to talk to the in person or on the phone. i also don’t think that it is the schools responsibility to try and fix the problems at student homes. if the parent has a problem with communication then the parent need to fix it. not depend on the school to do it for them.

  • tjackson

    I think that there isn’t really a problem with communication between students and there parents. most kids know that in order to talk to their parent they either need to talk to the in person or on the phone. i also don’t think that it is the schools responsibility to try and fix the problems at student homes. if the parent has a problem with communication then the parent need to fix it. not depend on the school to do it for them.

  • Carvie Zhen

    School can definitely be the bridge between adults and kids and technology. Technology has provided us with something that we’ve never had before; its vastness and enormity allows for people to do so many things with it. This can benefit the learning experience in school by integrating something that kids already know (the internet) and also by teaching them conduct of the internet such as with digital citizenship classes. This can help students with using technology to communicate with adults, which seems to be a problem nowadays, with kids being engulfed in their mobile devices instead of making conversation with their parents. Of course there is a right and wrong time to be on mobile devices, which is why school use of it should be monitored, but I don’t see anything wrong with combining technology with education. If anything, it can enhance the learning experience and even get students more excited to learn.

  • Matthew Zuberbuhler

    This article makes many points that seem to be spot on correct in my daily life of a high school student. Everyday I see other students that seem to be hypnotized by their devices and cannot control themselves enough to keep the device away during class. I also see students that even cannot withstand going on to social media sites when they are suppose to be doing work. The internet is a great tool to bring people closer and make communication amazingly easier than ever before but it may be too much for some of the younger users. They can’t seem to control themselves and it is harming their learning in classes. In my school adults have made an effort to keep students on task by blocking some of the more popular social media sites but that doesn’t stop the texting that occurs back forth from students in what seems like every 30 seconds. I believe that it is the parents of these kids that can teach them the right and wrong time to be on a phone or social media site. It could be as easy as telling them to put away the device during conversations or in any social outing.
    M. Zuberbuhler

  • Gabrielle M.

    This article presents a lot of facts and good ideas. However I don’t think 5th graders are the right audience to experiment with. Communication via cellphones and internet is more common with middleschoolers and highschoolers. There is definitely a communication barrier between teens and adults these days, and it’s a good idea to try to integrate the sharing technology and education. I agree that it would maybe make students more interested and responsive to the materials.

  • Princess W.

    I believe that technology can help a lot in doing things such as school work and other things you need to get done, but also technology can destroy a person’s reputation or figure as who they are, because of social media. Parents should make sure everything is okay if their kids are on the net, just to make sure that the are not getting bullied or others are not hurting them. Not just to be noisy but to protect them.
    Princess W.

  • Yumeng.S

    I think internet has both advantage and disadvantage. It’s making communication faster and wider. It’s also make our lazier and have less time with our family. I agree that internet can help students develop their grade but it require students have a good self control. By using computer or cell phone, I suggest students put less time on Facebook, more time on study.

  • brazjea johnson

    in this day in age technology is becoming more and more addicting and whats on the device is more addicting such as instagram facebook twitter ect. and to us its how we keep in touch with the outside world around us. technology ,such as cell phones ipods lap tops ect.is very convenient but is a luxury, people went without for years;but can we in this generation? NO!! I think technology is a beautiful thing but in a way it is dumbing us down by how we text and less face to face interaction so when its time to get in front of someone and say something a person is shy and not as bold as they where behind the screen.

  • Elviz H

    I agree that technology now is a really good tool for education. People can use their phones to research topics of their choice and find answers in seconds. Technology can only be bad if you let it take over your life. Learn to control it and dont let it get in between you and your life and in between friends. Also know the right and wrong things to do with the internet and social medias

  • Cecilia S

    Cecilia S.

    This article is very true, when it comes to kids and electronics they use it for absolutely everything. Mostly for sending all different kind of pictures and videos to their friends. Adults do use it for purposeful reasons such as in some classes we use it for projects or to look things up and share it with the class. But it also a big distraction, most of the time kids are on their phone twenty-four-seven and when their parents try to talk to them they give one word answers and half the time aren’t listening. Electronics are so advanced now that people all around should use it for more important things than just texting or going on line sending pics. Kids should be more appropriate when it comes to using their electronics because half the they abuse the use of it.

  • KKohgadai

    Technology can open many doors to education. By allowing students access the internet from their phone they will be able to search things with ease and be able to work on projects and type from almost anywhere, by using things like google drive. The world will always be advancing and i think it is our job to keep the education kids get up to date by teaching about the internet and the laws to abide by at an early age.

  • Eric Wheat

    Yes I agree technology can do wonders for education but at the same time it could rip it apart. I spend at least 1/3 of my day on social networks( Instagram, facebook, tumblr) even when i see the same thing over over and over again I stay on because my generation was raised on it and that’s the reason for many situations

  • Rebecca

    Internet is a tool for us to learn and communicate. Speaking as a student I take digital citizenship at my high school and we learn about how technology should be used and what it shouldn’t be used for. I’ve learned about great ways ways to communicate and to expand my learning skills. I’ve also learned things I’ve never knew before. Offering and encouraging technology in schools is such a great opportunity. As long as it’s used in the correct way then technology being integrated in should be a beneficial thing for students.

  • KGomez

    I think this is a very interesting article. I was just talking to my uncle (who was part of Generation X) about how attached my generation is with technology. Although I agree that it is very useful, today’s technology also serves as a hindrance to upcoming youth. We are so withdrawn from our devices that sometimes we miss out on enjoying life.

    Also I don’t think adults and teens will ever see completely eye to eye on things because the next generation is usually shaped around different beliefs.

  • Wed Khaled

    I think that kids and adults do have different mindsets and I agree that technology can help kids in their education .

  • Katherine M

    I think that social networks we are suitable for many children, preferring to spend their time spend on a computer doing homework or devoting time to his family. The best way to avoid this is to have programs or clubs where they can invest their time in a positive way.

  • bonnyzual

    Some people say technology is a blessing, other say it’s curse. Which is right? I think both of them are right. Based on my experience, social media allowed me to connect with friends all over the place. It save me money and gave me a chance to keep in touch with them everyday. Of course there is also a con, we can get distract and less communicate with family. Technology is a big benefit especially to those who know their limit.

  • John E

    It’s amazing how technology is sort of the number one asset for today’s life. It’s only “bad” if you can take advantage of it. Every day is use for communicating, Searching, and it becomes a huge distraction. I believe there should be a limitation to what we use in our technology. Especially for students who are lacking in any communication, because we use it as a tool in our lives. That’s really were self control takes place.

    In terms of schools fixing to what ever is going on. It’s really make the parent’s look bad, because it’s mainly bad parenting. For the parents, It’s YOU AND YOUR CHILD’S relationship. Nothing else. Schools are for only educational-curriculum purposes not for a family council.

  • Selena Jackson-Torrez

    I agree and disagree with this article. i agree that teenagers are more comfortable talking through text or web that face to face than adults are. But I don’t agree that teenagers are incapable of communicating face to face. Just because we are constantly behind the phone or behind the computer screen doesn’t mean that we are anti-verbal. And most of the time it depends on the situation. If it’s a more serious situation, we will most likely talk to someone face to face. But if it is just “Hey” or “Do you want to hang out” we can just do that through text or web.

  • Yesenia P.

    This article is very interesting, when is comes to kids and electronics they use it for almost everything. I agree that technology is really helpful for education. Now people can use their phones to research something that they need and they will find the answer in seconds. But you need to know how to use if the right way. Teenagers sometime can use technology as a distraction and not education.

  • J. Coyle

    I agree with the article where it says that adults and children have different uses of technology. Many adults have no idea what the power of social networking is, while many kids have no idea what the power of communicating in person is. Although, this does not mean kids are incapable of talking to each other. At school, kids experience a whole seven hours of face to face conversation. Cell phones and the internet just provide them with even more opportunities to communicate with each other.

  • Shaira Guilly

    Technology benefits every person in many ways. Like education for example, we can now do more research about lessons at school if we don’t really get it. The only bad thing about is that instead of talking to their professors or teachers, they would rather find the answer online. The other example is when a person works abroad or outside their country where they are far away from their family, technology will help them communicate faster to the people they love. Facebook, Skype, Yahoo and so many social media networks helps family that were apart to build a bridge between them. However, technology might get them distracted on what they are doing. They can lose their focus while doing their homework while being active on Facebook or Instagram. I admit that I’ve done this several times. Technology is benefiting us in a good way and at the same time it can harm us.

  • Sabrina M

    This sounds like a great idea. I’m interested to see how this new teaching technique works. I just really hope it doesn’t get abused, like teenagers in class updating their Facebook status about how much they hate their teacher and how boring this class is. How are teachers going to monitor the kids to make sure their on task? That is going to prove to be one tough challenge.

  • Ibrahim Balde

    I agree, there is thin line between on how children act around their parents and how they act on the internet. Online kids can more express themselves because they have more of an audience that can relate to them. When you are talking to your parents they might disapprove of your actions. But on Facebook or twitter all you have is other kids your age to back you up. Its easier for children to discuss online because they feel less restricted.

  • Taylor Williams

    Yes cellphones can be used to help educate people but in some cases that is not true. In my experiences with substitutes some of them pass out papers and then go right to texting, Twitter or Facebook and don’t even answer so of our questions. Plus some adults don’t talk to people in person they either text or email them because it is easier to do. The more you think about it you realize that kids use their phones to socialize. Adults use their phones for work and maybe Facebook.

  • Jaime Leal

    Technology now days is very helpful specially with school work, and social media almost everybody has an account. What’s the job for parents? parents have to make sure their kids are doing well at school, if they don’t that means that something its going on with them. Now days teens don’t realize what they are doing, many of them do unnecessary things that will harm their life and reputation. Teens see life as a piece of cake but life ain’t that easy as it looks, Technology can be very helpful but sometimes teens pass their limits.

  • Danny L.

    I agree that school should incorporate technology into schools because technology is a way to research things on the web and get info about certain things happening in your area or elsewhere in the world that can be turned into a project or something. I also think it is a great way to communicate with people that you are working with in a project if the person you are working with lives far away. It is also an easy way to contact a teacher about something that you are unsure of. Also if the students come up with rules that they can follow about technology being used in school then they are most likely follow them because they came up with their own personal rules about using technology in class. Even though there might be some students that won’t follow the rules that they set by themselves then it will be their fault for not using technology for education and it is also their own fault that they aren’t going to succeed but I still say technology should be allowed ins school.

  • Searr S.

    I agree with the author of this article that texts, social media, music, photography, games, and videos can be a good thing. It allows students to work on projects with their group at home instead of being limited to school hours. They can also get a deep understanding of a topic they do not understand by researching the web. Since so many teens and kids are involved in electronics today, they will learn better using it for educational purposes. Finally, it allows them to communicate with anyone for help, not only their classmates.

  • Caprice

    The ideas in this article are great and limitless. Young people today do not know the full extent of what all of these electronics can do. The problem is some are not open to want to learn more. All everyone these days want to do is text,go on social networks and play games. If this works students and teachers will have a great future ahead of them but if not students will take advantage of the technology and be less involved in schoolwork.

  • Naseem Hassan

    Yes, I agree with this process of using your mobile devices for education and not just social medias.But to be honest I mostly spend 1/3 of my day on Instagram or Facebook and other social media apps. But it would be a good thing for people to use some of their time for education than social media or the internet. I’m not saying that you cant use your mobile devices for such things but use it for things that will help you in life and make you become successful. So from now on use your time wisely and not on things that will distract you in life.

  • Alan Freeman

    I agree with the article’s claim that teens should use their phones for more than just Facebook and games. A phone is meant to be used as a tool first and an entertainment system second. It wouldn’t be right for people to only communicate using Facebook and other social networks. All that would accomplish is increasing how solitary teenagers and future generations will be. It’s good to have a balance between how much we use social media and talk in real life. We can’t understand how we feel if we only communicate through emotionless text.

  • deshayon huntley

    I agree with this article too students and teacher or just even adults has something standing in between them that is technology. Cell phones and commuters are a great way for students to get homework done and work together that is the good thing about it . I think these devices are a great way to help kids but most of the time we use them for our own way or interests Facebook . In this time we use electronics it is our life I just hope we would be able to use that other than games and music

  • Kemal Idrisov

    I am a Encinal High School student taking a Digital Citizenship class and while it is great to encourage students to use their mobile devices for more than just connecting with friends, but it doesn’t mean that it will always work. Most of the time I see students around me annoyed with the work and find it tedious. I am not saying this stops them from doing or learning from the assignment. I am just saying students would rather complete the assignment quickly than take their time and put all of their effort into the assignment. But I believe it is just the early stages of incorporating technology into schools. In the future I think students will enjoy doing projects and working together online because it will make the work much more easier to complete. Some students already in our school use Facebook to help each other understand certain topics that are challenging to understand at first in AP U.S. History. Even as I type I am doing the same thing. I am learning to share my opinion and thought in a community. As this is one of the assignments for my class. Oh the irony.

  • Angelica Partosan

    Technology could be a good or bad thing, all depending on how we use it. I agree that kids do spend their time communicating with others online more than they do offline but that does not mean that they are not completely in touch with the real world. I believe that kids give their parents the unsatisfying “fine or okay” response when asked how their day went, of course unless there’s something more “exciting” that they want to share with their parents because they would much rather update all day online. Technology developed into something great in this generation and I feel that everyone, including adults, should take advantage of it. I feel that adults will have a better connection with kids if they’re more involved electronically.

  • Cj Souza

    I believe that all of this new day technology, is amazing. It helps make our daily lives so much more easier and move so much faster. Although it is all so well, it can cause a great amount of chaos. I believe that everyone should be educated about technology

  • DominickChavez

    I don’t think that the children would be willing to collaborate this way. Part of the reason why they don’t tell their parents all about their school day is because they don’t really want them to know. And learning does not mix well with things like social networking,playing games,and texting. Children my age use their phones for recreational purposes and efficiency purposes.And I don’t think they would like to add educational purposes. But I don’t speak for everyone, that’s just what I think.

  • Sabrina F

    I agree and disagree with this article. Using mobile devices for education purposes is a great idea and not just for social networking. But I also disagree a little because this generation of kids grew up with using there phones for social networking. I spend about 1/3 of the day using my phone and going on twitter, and instagram, and half the time I see the same thing while I am on it. I don’t think that teenagers will be willing to use there mobile devices for an education, but it would be worth a shot.

  • Jessica Xian

    Sometimes electronics can be the distraction in life but sometimes its for an education and in need of electronics to help. So sometimes electronics are not totally a bad thing.

    Its really easy to get online to communicate with others nowadays. Teens say more online than face to face, but doesn’t mean they don’t have the guts to.

    Internet can help us learn sometimes just shouldn’t be in front of the electronics for too long.

  • derreck joseph

    I agree with the article at some point technology helps a lot in society today but there is always a good side and a bad side. And I agree when they say that kids do not tell there life and what is going on at school to their parents but you will be able to find things about what happened during the day on their Facebook or Instagram. Its okay to use Facebook and instagram but not all the time this generation is not a face to face generation and that is not good.

  • Skander N.

    I completely agree, there is a totally different way that children act around their parents rather than with social networks. They are not as sociable in real life as much as they are online, which isn’t very good at all. But I do admit that I do use my phone about a third of the day. I use social networks such as Instagram and Facebook. But I do know how to socialize with adults.

  • guihe ma

    i agree with that because now a lot of kid they don’t like to talk with them parents, they write their mood in the Facebook,etc.also that is easy to help parents to know and comprehend their children what they thinking for or what happen when they meet some bad thing what makes they thinking. that’s good idea to help them relationship can know more each other.

  • Reejan Khadka

    I agree with the article’s point that the younger generation spends more time on their social devices then with their friends and family. kids express them selves online more than they do with their parents because they feel like safer, supported and they feel like there are more people who can relate to them than their parents. This does not mean we can not talk face to face. Kids do spend around 1/3 of their time online but if it s something serious they will talk to their parents.

  • Anmei X.

    I agree with that kids can use Facebook and others to communicate with friends. Sometime the parent is too busy to work and does not have time to communicate with their child, so they will worry about what their child do outside and online. But sometime the parent will over reactive and try to find out some little secrets from chatting records or the text message. When the kids find out what their parent did, and it makes them upset. We all know our paents love us, but it is a wrong thing to do.

  • Vivian Tran

    I believe that technology actually helps students, yeah they may go on social networks a lot but if you give an assignment and it requires students to work not only in the class period then they would need a way to contact each other. I think it’s okay to use technology if’s reasonable or not, but being on your phone all the time is just too much.