How do you raise a digital primate?

I appreciate Alexandra Samuel’s recent Forget Digital Natives TED post for its nuanced look at how kids are growing up with the Internet.

In researching the topic with over 10,000 parents she realized that the overly simplistic term “Digital Native” has really morphed into three distinct styles of digital parenting. Here a quick summary:

  1. Digital orphans have grown up with a great deal of tech access — but very little guidance.
  2. Digital exiles are at the opposite extreme — they’ve been raised with minimal technology.
  3. Digital heirs have impressive tech skills, thanks largely to their parents and teachers.

What do you think?

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