Young people feel conflicted about the internet and their well-being
Parents might not like to admit it, but teens and young adults have a unique perspective on using the internet. Many of them belong to the first generation ‚ÄĒ so-called iGen ‚ÄĒ to grow up with a smartphone in their house, or their hand.
They may have little to no memory of what it means to go through everyday life without constant distractions. They know what it's like to build and sustain friendships entirely on a digital device. They've watched social media give people a collective voice where none existed before. In short, they probably know the internet's peril and promise better than anyone.
That's why we wanted to hear directly from younger users, between the ages of 14 and 22, about their experiences online as part of our series on the safest places on the internet for kids. Since the series urges parents to expand their definition of online safety beyond the well-known threats of...
If it weren't for the internet, I would not be writing this here, and you would not be reading it, or able to respond to it. It's a real exercise to think back...when we did not have smartphones, when we did not have the Internet. Watching old TV shows and movies helps out. I still remember it was an amazing thing that Perry Mason's fav detective Paul Drake had a phone in his car. I never met anyone who had a phone in their car.