Over dependence on tech gadgets is something that is fast becoming a hallmark to define the present generation. The overpowering influence of social media has found child engagement like never before. According to recent research, children below the age of 13 are increasingly visible on social media sites. 38% of the kids on Facebook are under the age of 12 and an alarming 4% reported to be 6 years or younger which means, close to 800,000 kindergartners have profiles on Facebook!
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According to Dr Richard Woolfson, child psychologist and Knowthenet campaign spokesman, said: “The internet offers wonderful experiences for growing and inquisitive young minds. Yet, as social media has removed the barriers between a young person’s public and private self, children can become vulnerable, and compulsive online sharing can lead to danger.As this study shows, children are gaining access to social media sites at a younger age, which could expose them to content, people or situations that are out of their depth and which they’re not emotionally prepared for.”
“Parents can no longer protect children by simply trying to limit their online experiences. Instead parents need to maintain an open dialogue and encourage children to share both good and bad online experiences, talk openly and straightforwardly about the risks they may encounter online without scaring them and make sure they keep up with the latest social media crazes and work with their children rather than trying to control them.”
As parents of children born post 1990’s we all go through the usual drill of how much and how far technology can invade the lives of our children. UK based Indian techie who is Pursuing PhD on Cancer Genetics and Genomics at the University of Edinburgh, UK, Ajit Johnson has a different take on the same. With a series of humorous posters #This_Generation , Ajit has skilfully potrayed our engagement with the social media and technology today. He works on creating minimalistic style with simple graphics against Red background. Here are a few of his posters that will have you in splits.
Check the slide shows on #This_Gen posters to view more.
1. Compulsive Priorities : This poster depicts two things: one, the popularity of Whatsapp as a messaging and social networking tool and also shows kids are more interested in chatting with with friends than studying, which is probably a no-brainer!
2. Relationship Analytics: This poster again shows the popularity of Whatspp, especially among the youth, the exhiliration they feel when they see their friends online and typing a reply message.
3. Lost in Chat Translation: This generation likes to keep everything minimal, except perhaps technology itself. Here’s a minimalist conversation where two people talk on going for a move and then agree on the time and the movie itself.