Through the years technology has evolved and become an important part of everyday life for most people. Technology can now be seen everywhere you go. In the YouTube video I watched, “An Anthropological Introduction to YouTube,” Michael Wesch says that the web provided new forms of expression, community, and identity. It also linked people to others by allowing them to share, trade and collaborate with others. He also says that how people link to others is constantly changing, we are inventing new ways to communicate with each other, every six months there is a new tool that connects us in some new way. This video was posted in 2008 and what Wesch talks about is all very prominent today. There are tons of apps and websites online that allow us to talk to others through text message or video, which allow us to do everything that Wesch has mentioned.
Michael Wesch also mentions how as an anthropologist he thinks of media a bit differently than others. He views it as a way to mediate human relations rather than simply tools made up of online content. This perspective gives him different insights on how technology and media affect people in their day to day lives.
Since technology is so prominent in today’s culture, it is important that we do involve technology in schools and classrooms. Teaching children how to use this technology in the right way and safely is very important. In my EDTC 300 course we talked about social networking, and one stat that came up was that 59% of kids under the age of 10 have a social networking account. This is a huge percentage that requires the proper amount of education and supervision to keep the children safe. The internet, while an amazing tool for education and positive communication, is very unregulated and can leave kids in a position to fall victim to those with bad intentions. We want kids and teens to be aware of both the advantages and disadvantages of the internet and social networking, as they explore these sites for schooling or personal purposes and to be able to communicate and monitor their internet activity in a way that keeps them secure but doesn’t invade their privacy. Schools should have an online and internet safety course that is required for all students in classrooms who use technology in their day to day lives. Additional resources for parents and guardians to use, to better communicate with and monitor their children would also go a long way in achieving the goal of kids using the internet in a positive way.