Sunday, September 30, 2012

Let's Embrace Technology

Before you read this, you should know, that I absolutely love technology :) 

Technology is a rapidly evolving concept.  As of now, there aren’t many laws or regulations in place to keep everyone, especially teens safe. There are always stories of bad things happening because of technology, whether it be distractions from school work or horrible scenarios of kidnapping due to Facebook. My parents didn’t allow me to get a Facebook until eighth grade under high parental supervision because my mom had heard so many bad stories circulating around. The good and useful sides of technology are rarely featured. In almost all my AP classes, we have a Facebook page dedicated to students who love learning. It’s great that we can help each other online and create a community of students who use technology to get ahead in education. Even a decade ago, the idea of carrying a textbook in the form of an iPad was unthinkable and something straight out of a futuristic science fiction novel. Times are changing and people need to adapt. 

Everyone is learning how to use technology and we must account for this learning curve. When the Founding Fathers were creating a system of democracy for a new nation, they made mistakes along the way and laws were created and amended and even nullified to fit the situation. Yet that doesn’t mean the principles of democracy are bad. The benefits and potential of technology are still being explored as this is a new frontier. Instead of shunning the use of technology, people should embrace it. One of my friends was telling me how she likes the newspaper rather than the online article because it’s the feel of paper in her hands is what she’s used to. Technology has a lot of room to grow and we the people must foster it and allow it to grow. 

I am part of the Express Yourself radio team and it’s amazing what we do with technology through Skype. I would have been so sad if these smart people hadn’t thought of the idea of doing broadcasts through Skype and using its full potential.  Technology allows teens, and everyone, to be more creative and think outside the box.  Adults are always telling teens to take the initiative with new ideas, and with technology teens can do that. I love the radio for the reason that I can just that. 

Our ideas and opinions can be heard anywhere throughout the world. It’s so amazing to be able to talk to people like Meg Cabot and Ellen Hopkins and get advice from there, all thanks to technology. Everyone has a different opinion about something and it’s great for teens to be able to say what they want and be heard. It’s also inspiring when you hear such famous people telling you about how they got they started and how they were as teens. Not all people can talk to Meg Cabot directly but now people in 192 different countries can hear the inspiring message she said on Express Yourself radio.

We are all about providing hope and encouraging people to speak their opinions. What better way to do it, than to embrace the new frontier. 

The last one is really bad but I have no energy to fix it. So here's this one!

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