Communication for Promoting Connections
With the advances of Web 2.0 and social media applications, it becomes evident that while new technologies today are said to isolate youth, they also provide opportunities for them to communicate and form new types of connections. This chapter will explore the range of relationships established and maintained by the use of technology. The media has recently devoted a great deal of effort into raising awareness of cyberbullying and other dangers associated with communicating online. Allowing a child to socialize using Facebook, Virtual Worlds, or online gaming is certainly a major risk. However, the question is whether or not the risk is worthwhile. There are ways to restrict what can be said online that can protect children, but this chapters explores ways for technologies to effectively embrace open communication that facilitates interaction, promotes language development, and strengthens connections between people.
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