I’ve been saying it all along, that if we want our children to be educated, offering internet access without filters is the way to do it. Those who have internet access at home, who can therefore access such “time wasting” websites as myspace, facebook, and others, are better equipped to be successful citizens in the digital age. Now it seems a study from the University of Minnesota agrees with me.
“What we found was that students using social networking sites are actually practicing the kinds of 21st century skills we want them to develop to be successful today,”
“Students are developing a positive attitude towards using technology systems, editing and customizing content and thinking about online design and layout,” Greenhow continued.
“They’re also sharing creative original work like poetry and film and practicing safe and responsible use of information and technology.”