"Although many of todays teens are immersed in social media, that doesnt mean "that they inherently have the knowledge or skills to make the most of their online experiences," writes Danah Boyd in her 2014 book Its Complicated: The Secret Lives of Networked Teens.Boyd, who works as a principal researcher at Microsoft Research, argues that "the rhetoric of 'digital natives'" is dangerous because it distorts the realities of kids' virtual lives, the result being that they don't learn what they need to know about online living. In other words, it falsely assumes that todays students intrinsically understand the nuanced ways in which technologies shape the human experiencehow they influence an individuals identity, for example, or how they advance and stymie social progressas well as the means by which information spreads thanks to phenomena such as algorithms and advertising. Loewy decided that this void could be eliminated with an honest, interdisciplinary high-school curriculum for the digital agea program that would fundamentally shift how schools address kids virtual experiences." via Digital Natives, Yet Strangers to the Web - The Atlantic.
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