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Nothing to Fear but Fear Itself. And the Internet of Course.

The only thing we have to fear is…fear itself.

The famous quote was made by Franklin D. Roosevelt during his first inaugural speech in March, 1933 just after taking the presidential oath. Most people heard Roosevelt’s speech on the radio. Television was barely getting its footing. Personal communication was conducted by a group of operators working a local switchboard and there was nothing personal about it. Most telephone systems had party-lines with two to four households on the same circuit.

Callers were urged to be brief and courteous — no eavesdropping.

There was no such thing as a cell phone. Texting was nonexistent. Clearly, Roosevelt had never surfed the net. In fact, it would be nearly 50 years before the internet would be introduced and another 40 after that before it would literally explode, offering access to everyone, to information, places and spaces one could only dream of in 1933.

Email. Skype. Twitter. Facebook. Pinterest. OoVoo. Blogging. YouTube. Flickr. Wiki. MySpace.

People need people. Social media forums on the internet are emerging as we speak, providing a wide variety of venues for us to communicate thoughts and ideas, to share with one another.

Like the Black Hole the internet expands well into the vastness of the unknown, certainly my unknown. Its realm is daunting. It can and to a certain degree should be, considered a scary place, especially to those of us who grew up painstakingly practicing our cursive writing and memorizing the proper finger placement on a typewriter’s keyboard.

Every innovation has its resistors and no matter what is said or done, some of us will never be able to wrap our heads around the possibilities but for parents and educators alike, it would be negligent to ignore it. Children are curious sponges. They learn and adapt as they grow. For the most part, they are unaware of the dangers that lurk in the minds and hearts of unkind people who also have access to these many social forums.

We have a choice. We can try to hide ourselves and them from the evils of the internet or we can, if not embrace it, at least try to understand the workings of these new forums so that we can help our youth explore them and use them safely with meaningful purpose and a sense of responsibility.

Scientia potentia est ~

Knowledge is power.

The internet is not going away. It is ever-growing and changing how and where we communicate, forever. Our children will learn from it, work and play on it. No doubt their footprints will be embedded in code for who knows how many future generations to see.

Who would push a child into the on-coming traffic of a busy highway leaving them to fend for themselves?

We don’t have to agree or like it but we would be remiss not to educate ourselves the best we can with these new technologies. With knowledge we can prepare our children; arm them, take them by the hand and guide them safely across this super-highway that will inevitably encourage them to leave their digital mark on society.

Photo Creidt #1: Switchboard Operators/GoogleImages

Photo Credits #2: Social Media/GoogleImages

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  1. October 21, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Great post, Karen. This is such a hard thing for me as I am so behind the times, I fear, in technology. I’ve always seemed to follow a few steps back from my peers when it comes technological progress. Now the tablets and Smartphones I’m really behind, mostly because I can’t afford them. But, you are right in that our kids will learn no matter what, and the one thing I do know is that I need to support Maycee as she does. As she gets a bit older perhaps I will embrace this more easily because the highway is broad, I definitely don’t want her getting caught in the headlights! XOXO-SWM

    • October 21, 2012 at 9:26 pm

      You are such a GREAT mama SWM and you are not nearly as far behind (ms. blogger) as you may think you are. I don’t have all the new techie bells & whistles either; I just have a desire to know what’s going on so I can help my kids cross over as safely as possible and I know you do too. I certainly don’t like every forum out there but I’ll be damned if I’ll let that stop me either. All we can do is try. Thanks as always dear SWM for reading (getting it!) and commenting. xoxox NY

      • October 22, 2012 at 1:47 pm

        Ahhh, thanks for the encouragement, Karen. Ya, I guess if I’m blogging I have to take that into consideration, ha, ha. And, I’m with you that just like all things with our kids, we need to be as involved as possible!

  2. October 23, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    You’re right. The Internet represents a paradigm shift for us, but not for the next gen, who are used to smart phones and tablets since birth.

    Just as we had to learn how a library works, so too do our kids – except their library is a vast digital one.

  3. October 4, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    This is a really good tip particularly to those fresh to the blogosphere.
    Short but very accurate information… Thanks for sharing this one.
    A must read post!

  1. October 24, 2012 at 2:05 am

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