Growing Up With Gadgets Essay

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In the last 20 years use of technology for everyday life has completely changed everything we do as a society. From the way we process information to how we heat our homes and how we interact with the world around us. Technology is an ever growing part of everyday life, especially in first world countries such as the United States. Almost everything is done with the use of technology and gadgets. We listen to music through an Ipod, stream news, text through hand held telephones, and communicate through various platforms on social media. Internet is available in almost every home, restaurant, coffee shop and building. If wifi is unavailable we are able to use 4g internet to connect from almost anywhere. The question that many people want to know is if the use of technology and constant connectivity is detrimental, especially in the development society’s youth.

The short documentary Growing Up with Gadgets by Journeyman Pictures explores how technology has impacted education in the classroom and everyday life through the lense of a 3rd grader named Emma. Emma is the 8 year old niece of the narrator/director of the documentary, Casey Kanode. In the beginning Casey
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But the rise of Social Media Platforms and an ever constant online presence has amplified instances of bullying. Teens who bully via social media very rarely face consequences for their actions. According to a 2011 consumer report “One million children were harassed, threatened or subjected to other forms of cyberbullying on Facebook during the past year.” This type of bullying can have major effects during the developmental processes. Kids who are bullied have lower self esteem, feel anxious, receive lower grades than their peers, and have a higher risk of suicide. (NEVEE) There is no smoking gun answer to stop bullying. Especially when bullying is be perpetrated via social media platforms and other technological

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