The kids are alright online

While parents fret about timewasting games and online predators, young people are alert to the dangers and relaxed with technologies’ potential, says Richard Sarson: The “digital divide”. What exactly is it? The answer, it seems, is not the gap between rich and poor, but the difference in the way young people and adults view the internet. At last month’s UK Kids Online seminar, the grown-ups were wheeled out. Beverley Hughes, the minister for children, young people and families, talked about how kids use computers to “engage in social networking and to create unbelievably comprehensive personal music collections, [they are] also a valuable tool for their studies”. She also, like most adults, fretted more about the risks than the opportunities.http://technology.guardian.co.uk/weekly/story/0,,2075529,00.html

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