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Written on February 14th, 2007 by Shawn Anthony

My son has recently discovered Google’s usefulness for his school and personal research projects. Well, truth be told, his elementary school homework does not actually push him toward this sort of deeper research, yet. I think it should be, but I digress. I admit I am a pretty big influence on his blooming desire to look deeper into interesting subjects via the Internet and Google. I think its great, even amazing. The generational differences displayed in my son and my father are absolutely incredible, and totally exposed by Internet use expertise. His Grandfather has barely mastered the strange art of e-mail; my son has not yet reached double digits in age and is already well versed in Google, technology and the Internet. It’s absolutely amazing and absolutely necessary. Too, I think it’s time to start looking for family filters for the Internet …

My son’s latest Google journey: Seahorses. He climbed in dad’s chair, fired up Firefox, typed “Seahorses” into Google, hit enter, and did his own thing. I love watching this development unfold before my eyes. God is good.

Kids Google

3 Responses to “A Lesson in Generational Difference”

  1. Not quite a filter insomuch as it is a way of fostering responsibility through accountability, I recommend x3watch. Just wanted to toss the idea out there. It may be useful down the road.

    Rick Beckman

  2. Thanks, Rick. I’ll check it out. I need to do something. It would be totally irresponsible of me to not set up safe-guards to protect my kids. So, I appreciate the suggestion. I’ll take as many as I can get.

    Shawn Anthony

  3. I am really torn about the younger generation using the Internet - from a teaching perspective, it has the potential to diminish the need for critical thought in using sources. (Typing in “seahorse” brings up a wide range of info, some more reliable than other.) On the other hand, much much more is available to students at an early age, in terms of texts and great visual/animation aids.

    I’m sure you’ll be teaching your son about what sources (.edu versus a homemade webpage) are good, but I worry about the kids who don’t have parents around like that.

    ck

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