In "Footprints of the Digital Age", Will Richardson advocates the importance of technology in the lives of young people. Richardson brings up the point that most every person can be Googled, and even though there is fear that what comes up is not positive it is even worse to be Googled and have nothing appear. Will Richardson say "Whether we like it or not, social Web technologies are having a huge influence on students who are lucky enough to be connected, even the youngest ones" this is a very important quote because Richardson says that "those who are lucky enough". Technology is an advantage and the younger a child starts the farther ahead the child will be. The facts that technology can be harmful to the learning of children is also brought up. Will Richardson's view on this is to simply incorporate this further into the learning of kids. Will Richardson wants educators to not only help students be Googled well, but for the internet be a tool, and advocate for them their whole life.
Will Richardson's reasoning the article "Footprints of the Digital Age" is terrifying. It is said that children are the symbol of innocence, with that being said there is no place for a 7 year old to be tainted by the awful things that happen on the internet. Profiles such as Ask.fm seem fun and interesting, but are just a feeding ground for bullies. This in no way will help anyone get a job unless the job requires bulling of innocent kids. According to Bullying Statistics the internet can destroy ones life over a bad decision that can never be deleted. No matter how hard you try you can never change the past, a job interview 20 years down the road one simple search could throw it all away. Ether the internet need to stop beings used as a selection service, or a census, or the way that people use the internet needs to change. On top of all of this terror it is said that "By and large, they do all this creating, publishing, and learning on their own, outside school, because when they enter the classroom, they typically "turn off the lights" (Prensky, 2008). Who knows if this generation will ever even get the job interviews, and opportunities for the internet to destroy, because at this rate they will not be qualified for most. Parents want what is best for their children, Will Richardson expresses that it is more important to be Googled than it is for you get get a positive review while talking about his own daughter. As said by Bullying Statistics only 1 in 10 children tell their parents that they are being cyber-bullied. Will Richardson is putting much more than he realizes on the mind and stress of children. Kids will be kids, cruel, mean, unfair, but the internet is just enabling them there is no importance to being Googled as a child. Let the innocent stay innocent.