Children nowadays are different, they think different and they interact with each other in a different way than others did decades ago – they’re the digital natives.
Everything is happening online; they read books, articles, news online, they don’t feel the need of holding a physical book in their own hands, smell the pages, everything is happening online. Having a vinyl nowadays is something rare, most of them don’t even know what that is, they are downloading their music or listening to it online; they even meet and talk online, now there is skype for example, you don’t have to get out of the house to go for a drink, you can just sit in front of your computer and that’s it. – Major aspects of their lives – social interactions, friendships, civic activities – are mediated by digital technologies. And they’ve never known any other way of life. (Born Digital – John Palfrey and Urs Gasser) – so they only know to represent themselves digitally.
The older generations, the digital immigrants, they learned how to use technology because it became a necessity, but they lived in an era where the online messages from now, were letters hand-written or printed and sent and the iPod was a Sony Walkman.
They have to adapt to this new era and most of them are adapting but they continue to hold on to their old ways of doing things. …they always retain, to some degree, their “accent,” that is, their foot in the past. The “digital immigrant accent” can be seen in such things as turning to the Internet for information second rather than first, or in reading the manual for a program rather than assuming that the program itself will teach us to use it. ( Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants – Marc Prensky)
Yet, the digital natives can learn how to use a new software programme in no time, they are creating new worlds on websites and they can rework media, using off-the-shelf computer programs, in ways that would have seemed impossible a few short decades ago.
But, even though they are faster learners, more creative and promising much (Digital Natives will move markers and transform industries, education, and global politics. The changes they bring about as they move into the workforce could have an immensely positive effect on the world we live in.) most of them are unaware of the fact that they’re exposing themselves by leaving all kinds of informations online.