This NYT article relates to the privacy issue and the heightened modes of what could be participation, or at least social interaction. The cyberworld plays a great role in children’s everyday lives, and not always in ways that are healthy, progressive, or, for adults, easy to grasp and ‘discipline’.

I asked my college undergrads last semester what they thought was the biggest media-related issue that should be researched. Most of them talked about the impact of digital media in young people’s (sic!)  lives: How do the learn to understand the boundaries of private and public (or are they any for them?); how will they learn to socialise f2f (as one girl notes in the NYT article, it’s easier to say you’re sorry via texting…)

The NYT discusses American experiences — are there cultural differences in cyberbullying (certainly, in terms of legal action there indeed are different approaches, but how do kinds in different cultural contexts view that kind of ‘negative participation’ online?). Digital living surely brings us great moral challenges, and task for media literacy — or are we adults just not getting it?

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