Dad's Notes

Kids Rule the Internet

kids rule the internet

Time has changed. Since the internet began to be widely known by societies by the end of 1990’s, the acceleration had been increasingly slithering everywhere and unstoppable. At this time, you don’t need to ask about it. The dynamics and every detail of development of internet have penetrated into all aspects of people’s lives. Moreover, the presence of gadget technology makes the world just in the easy grip.

For those who currently reside in the productive age range, let’s say at the age of 30’s and 40’s, internet can be believed to complement their needs in activity, creativity, and productivity. With their ‘mature’ mindset, they manage the internet and get it side by side to serve as a supporting tool for their interests.

On the other hand, for kids –let’s say for those under 18 years old- we just can’t take it the same way. Kids who are in the early period of growth have just been faced with and inevitably become acquainted with the internet. What are the implications? Obviously, they grow not only brought up by their parents, but also there is a ‘babysitter’ called the internet itself.

In a formidable way, this kind of ‘babysitter’ not only ‘feeds’ the kids by top-down, on the other way the kids have the potential to make up anything to the ‘babysitter’ by bottom-up indeed. In short words, now is the period in which the kids will rule the internet, toward the future.

There are some major features that make how kids –starting from the second decade of the century- will play an important role in ruling the internet and digital technology, as voiced by Katya Andresen, CEO of Cricket Media, a technology company and media education:

Kids create
Most of adults are passive internet users. Only a small percentage of them actively and truly interact and become creators of the internet communities, such as writing a blog, making videos, and making peer communities. But the kids, they do not hesitate to use technology to create something, either online or offline. They are enjoying, curious, creative, and having no doubt to make something new to share.

In using social media, for example, kids see the cyberspace is not merely something they use passively for them to enjoy, but as something that they can get up to connect with other people. Kids do not build the paradigm of “Look at me”. But “Look what I made.”

Kids collaborate
Kids naturally use technology to collaborate and give rise to co-creation, not just communicate. Later, kids will use applications such as Facetime and Quizlet to study with their friends for the exams at school or even make a guide together to use in their classrooms by making notes and detailed lessons in the aforesaid applications. “Look at me” now becomes “Let’s create something with me”.

Kids teach each other (and also teach us) how to learn online
Kids use technology in an effective learning cycle. First, they try something in their own way. There will surely be trials-and-errors, practices, and failures. Once a kid begins to learn to master something, he/she wants to show and teach about what he/she has learned. If this is done in a community, there will be a tremendous feedback leap in which learning, mastery, sharing, and collective growth happen.

That is very likely to fill our kids’ world in the future. However, there should be a counter and filter. Do not let the negative side of the internet and digital technology poison, impede, or even crush our kids on the later time. We must remember that our kids are the future.


To read this post in Bahasa Indonesia, click here.

A husband. A dad. A bank worker. Loves to share in writing about the art of being a dad for the kids.


  • Ngumabi

    Nice post Edwin
    You are totally right about the role the internet plays in the lives of kids these days
    No wonder they call the ‘Android generation’
    We just need to be careful with how much information they are exposed to on the internet
    Thanks for sharing these important points

  • Jamie

    Yes, I agree! We need to control how much exposure our kids get to the internet but balance that with the fact that they will need the skills going forward in the workplace etc. great post!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

%d bloggers like this: