“Digital Kids”

by Massimiliano Fanni Canelles

Do you know what TV, PC, PDA, smartphones, video, SMS, MMS are? Perhaps this will still arrive but when the language becomes difficult with GUI, DVB, IPTV, UMTS, EDGE, HSDPA-WI-FI or you are a technical field or …. just a teenager. The electronics and digital systems are changing the meaning of time and space and social interaction. Becomes increasingly urgent and necessary to acquire knowledge and develop a critical spirit to use these instruments. According to the information’s highlighted in the eighth National Report on the Condition of Children and Adolescents, presented in November 2007, after missing children and bullying the emergency to which our society has to face is precisely excessive dependence – in many cases we could call it obsession – that boys have against new technologies.

A teenager spends three more than four hours per day to phone, while one child in 10 deals the same time in front of the television. But not only, the new digital kids, exchange text messages, listen to the ipod, while working on the computer with “windows” Skype open in video mode or chatting, or video games or interactive video and discussion groups. Multimedia disorient one that just read it.

We are dealing with human brain capacity? … Perhaps, but surely we are seeing the emergence of a culture based solely on the surface. The image does not require effort, they are ready to be absorbed passively, does not need to research and development, is fast and immediate. In this background, which the TV was the founder, the Internet has taken the upper hand in the face of young people and invading the traditional channels of communication.

YouTube, Wikimedia, Google are “burning” progressively print media, radio and television, are increasingly used for any need and any platform – be it a computer, a PDA or a cell phone – but above all let everyone forward their views in the world. And so that, between a fast read news in a few lines of a blog and Web Messenger in response to friends online, between one and a streaming podcasting, immersed in a redundancy of information ever unique and often contrasting the kids will be exposed to dark side of the Internet.

A network that requires a regulatory and control that adults, institutions and especially the family faced. A system that cancels distances but prevents the transmission of non-verbal messages, develop new communication protocols “but cannot guarantee ‘authoritativeness of the source … .. by the way, for those interested GUI means Graphic User Interface, DVB means Digital Video Broadcasting, IPTV Internet Protocol Television and UMTS, EDGE, HSDPA-WI-FI are methods of transmitting data … ….. I said Google .

Translated by Martina Delser

Massimiliano Fanni Canelles

Viceprimario al reparto di Accettazione ed Emergenza dell'Ospedale ¨Franz Tappeiner¨di Merano nella Südtiroler Sanitätsbetrieb – Azienda sanitaria dell'Alto Adige – da giugno 2019. Attualmente in prima linea nella gestione clinica e nell'organizzazione per l'emergenza Coronavirus. In particolare responsabile del reparto di infettivi e semi – intensiva del Pronto Soccorso dell'ospedale di Merano.