Not all young people are digital natives

We often tell anecdotes about how underage minors take control of gadgets and the software with amazing ease, or how they surf the internet as expert digital surfers. But, while there is some truth in this facility for the new technologies in which they have already been raised surrounded by them, Not all that glitters is gold.

Digital natives, in fact, can present large cultural gaps about the technologies that surround them.

Studies against

Several studies indicate that young people tend to be less informed about a number of aspects of digital culture than the rest.

For example, a 2010 study on the knowledge that users have about online privacy determined that “of all age groups, who are between 18 and 24 years old, they obtained the highest proportion of poor understanding of what privacy policy means "

Another European Commission study also states that young people do not have too many digital skills.

Another 2009 study conducted on students from five different British universities points out that it is simplistic to describe young students born after 1983 as a single generation.

Apparently, the digital skills of digital natives are very different from each other, and that a user is young does not necessarily provide more expert knowledge.

The problem of digital education is very similar to that of normal education and it is that children with greater financial resources are those who have a better understanding of technology.

It is the teachers of the most expensive schools who have the tools to teach new generations. And then there is naturally each child's own interest in all areas of digital innovation.

Video: "Tech-Savvy Students? Maybe Not . ." Dr. Susan Zvacek CSEDU 2013 (February 2020).