Being a kid is complicated, now more than ever. There are two things that I have seen in the last 24 hours which strongly support this theory.
1. PBS aired another valuable Frontline documentary called “Digital Nation” that I watched last night. It can be viewed in its entirety, or in brief excerpts, online by clicking here. Even if you just watch the first 15 minutes, you will learn and think about the most important, and least understood, new aspect of the world in which we live – our digital lives.
2. I received an email from a colleague this morning which listed the most popular search words used by kids on the internet in 2009. Click here to view it. Again, you will see how our kids are all over the place online.
It has never been easy to be a kid. The good old days were not always that good. In many ways, the old days were more difficult on kids physically, since there was far less peace and prosperity back in the 1920’s and 1930’s when my grandparents were kids. However, there is not a doubt in my mind that it is far more complicated to be a kid now.