What the World Wide Web Weaves?
Over the last century, an explosive growth in technology has taken our nation by storm. What started with a hobby became an international phenomenon, quickly consuming lives of young adolescent children. Today, the Internet’s “superhighway of information” provides increased opportunities for academic achievement, but also, declines for “real life” social skills and development among adolescents. Are “we”, as parents, administrators, and society in general weaving our own web of academic transformation or creating a society of social destruction to this generation and those to come?
The idea of Internet and Social Networking has existed for decades as a way to communicate and build relationships with others. Soon however, the younger generation would fall prey to this “crazes” massive capabilities, wealth of choices, and boatload of information, soon becoming utterly infatuated and transformed into a digital age. Everywhere we look, schools, businesses, and organizations have adopted this feature. Now, laptops, smartphones, and tablets are in the hand hands of kid’s all over the world (C. Clinton, J. Steyer, 2013). The Internet has brought change to everything we do, see, and learn, revolutionizing our lives through its power of information and communication (Simond, 2013). Social Media now offers mountains of possibilities, capturing young minds everywhere, but when does it become too far? How many young adolescents are using this source for the right reasons, and what effects does it have?
Its fame prompted schools across the country to use its networking as a fresh approach to education, a way to improve achievement on research, learning, and social activities. Using this tool has advanced thinking and decision-making skills to better equip them for today’s society. Vast changes predict tomorrow’s careers are becoming largely based on one’s ability to use and understand technology; therefore, educators promote...