C@CM Project Digital Divide. Group Members: 1. Lee Kiat Cheah 2. Jyo Lyn Hor 3. Brian Groudan 4. Emily Grove 5. Bup Kim. Introduction.
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Wikipedia defines the term ‘digital divide’ as the gap between people with effective access to digital and information technology and those with very limited or no access at all. It includes the imbalances in physical access to technology as well as the imbalances in resources and skills needed to effectively participate as a digital citizen.
Digital natives (younger generation who grew up with technology) are more comfortable with using the internet. They multitask and engage in online social networking.
Digital immigrants (adults who adapt to technology) do not rely heavily on the internet to perform tasks - printing out a digital document to edit it rather than editing it online, for example. (Prensky, 2001a, p. 4).
Adults discriminate youth as being ‘totally different’ from their own generation in several aspects like their internet usage and learning methods. For example, the adults do not believe that multitasking(studying while Facebook-ing and watching videos on Youtube) is an effective way to learn.
The adults think that social networking online is a waste of time and friendships on social networking sites are superficial.
Teenagers think that technological resources are vital for them to look up for information and stay in touch with their peers. Internet gives them the chance to access and explore the world beyond boundaries.
Teenagers find it unreasonable for adults to control and intrude their online spaces to monitor their online activities.