Kids and Virtual Lives

There’s a very good article that was in the New York Times yesterday on the digital divide between adults and their children:

My Daughter, the Burger-Flipping Penguin

Not only do parents “not get it”, they don’t even know why their children are attracted to these virtual worlds.  Here’s a quote from the article:

“It’s parents who can’t keep up. Even after being reassured by representatives of these sites that they guard my child’s privacy and by psychologists that sitting at a screen for hours won’t kill her imagination, I wonder what she’s doing, whom she’s talking to and — here’s the part I find most mysterious — why it’s fun.”

The article is very good, and well worth a read.  I especially like the dialog between the mother and daugther. 


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