We are so much dependant on search engine,aren’t we? And let’s take it that ‘google’ is widely accepted and most used search engine for finding anything and everything under this sky ! Of course it’s a technology which comes in handy when ‘we’ are looking for a recipe,a holiday tour package, people,thesis,subject knowledge, movie, addresses,places,images and all the ‘other’ things too ! We get it all and ‘we’ can safely say that ‘we can’t do without Google’ !!
Well so what’s the point? Point is not google but who these ‘we’ are ? It could be you,me,spouse,friends,relatives,parents,colleagues,bloggers and Kids [?] !! Yes, kids too..possible ? It is !
I did a ‘concern’ post few days back saying that my 13 year old niece is now accessing the Internet and how I’m fearful about how she would know more than she should! And I’m worried about all other kids too..Internet has become indispensable these days that you can’t keep kids away from it..keeping them away from it will mean choking their knowledge growth…but what’s the bar for ‘knowledge’ ?
Look at this image..
I wanted to put ‘Knowledge Management’ in the search box and by mistake I typed KA instead of KN…and this is what the search engine prompted me for.. looking at the options I thought what happens when several kids at several places using Internet are mistyping or half typing the key word and getting weird options like these ? Will they not feel curious to go check these options as well ? And when they do what happens next ? Can’t imagine.. !
Or may be me I’m late in worrying about this…there must be kids who would have already gone through these prompts and seen and read what all is there in the world they need not know and that too like this !
Ironically, I have found that almost all the kids [5 years onwards] these days don’t like books.They think reading books is a boring task to do instead accessing Internet and keeping in touch with friends through Orkut and FB is hep ! This takes me back to the good old days when we didn’t have Internet or any such thing and thank god ! We at least had a experience of playing and reading books..Sigh !
Had this discussion at a friends’ place who have a year old baby. ‘what would the baby call the parents’ and after discussing a lot we finally boiled down to this: May be the kid will not give the parents a chance to tell him what he should call them..may be he will call them as M and D [as in Mom and Dad]..who knows !
Scary and weird is what all I can feel !