Monday, March 22, 2010

electronic bonding

they are called...

A digital native is a person for whom digital technologies already existed when they were born, and hence has grown up with digital technology such as computers, the Internet, mobile phones and MP3s. A digital immigrant is an individual who grew up without digital technology and adopted it later. (wikipedia)

i think it is interesting that these terms have been coined. much of the same principles apply to actual immigrants and their children. their children actually navigate this "new world" for them (become fluent in the language, translate, shop, speak to other adults on behalf of the parents, etc) they are experts in an entire culture that their parents live in but are not native to. i pray that rather than feeling threatened by this fact i will embrace it and always stay involved in the land my children were never foreign to. may i learn from them and embrace their "savvy" rather than trying to keep them in my "homeland".


Liz said...

That is a good goal! I try to remember that too when Finn wants to spend his entire day with technology.

Tonya said...

I wonder what our grandchildren will know what to do that we will be too afraid to try, lol.