I contributed this article to my kids’ school paper last school year. The editor asked me to write about parenting… Eh I am not a parenting expert, that’s for sure. And parenting is such a vast and sometimes subjective topic, because “to each his own”. It’s not easy to write about parenting and not sound preachy or smug to some readers. So I wrote about something I thought was appropriate for our times – raising digital natives. (I edited the article a bit, because there’s always something badly written in anything I write, hehe.)
I first heard the term “digital native” from my mommy blogger friend when I brought my eldest daughter along to a digital media forum. Pat was the youngest participant, and my friend was happy to see a young person listening intently and learning from the speakers. She called my daughter a digital native.
What are digital natives? Who are they??
Circa 2007. One-year old Nate loved to mess up my blogging sessions back then. Today, he is into gaming, and begs me to make him a YouTube account so he can be a “Youtoober”, as he pronounces it. *eyeroll*
The term “digital native” was introduced in 2001 by Marc Prensky, an advocate for innovative technology-based education.