I consider myself fairly literate when it comes to technology. I try to keep abreast of current technology and trends. So much has changed since my high school and university days.
In high-school I learned to type on an electric typewriter and we used Commodore Pet Computers that our teachers had no idea how to program. In Journalism school in the mid 1980's we used typewriters, manual 35mm SLR cameras and light tables to lay out and design our papers. Music came in the form of cassette tapes and movies were on Beta and VHS. For a practical purposed it was the pre-digital age.
Slowly, but surely computers, printers and fax machines revolutionized the office experience. Modems became more affordable and the thanks to Memorial University I was introduced to a primitive email system and the potential of the internet.
Today, I am often overwhelmed.
Today's children are born in a data age. What they take for granted are things that were the product of imagination twenty years ago. It easy to forget that with all of this access comes responsibility. Technology is developing at such an incredible pace that it is hard to keep-up.
For many parents keeping-up with something so foreign to them is next to impossible. What are our kids doing? What are they accessing? Have we taught them the rules of the road?
Over the next few days, I am going to write a few posts about digital citizenship, netiquette and internet safety.
For starters, I have embedded a video called "Did You Know" that provides some informative statistics on the evolution of the digital age.