YouTube & Innovation = Good for kids. Facebook, Twitter & Rote Memorization = Bad.

According to The Guardian, a survey published on Friday concluded that:

Instagram has the most negative impact on young people’s mental wellbeing, a survey of almost 1,500 14- to 24-year-olds found, and the health groups accused it of deepening young people’s feelings of inadequacy and anxiety.

The survey, published on Friday, concluded that Snapchat, Facebook and Twitter are also harmful. Among the five only YouTube was judged to have a positive impact.

Makes sense. My kids learn lots on YouTube, and while there’s certainly plenty of junk there, it’s not as visual as (say Instagram).

Another interesting article that came out today in Inc. Magazine talks about the importance of innovation and entrepreuraship in education:

Traditionally, we went to school to attain knowledge. The smart kids knew that Columbus discovered America in 1492 and that the square root of 64 is eight. They studied diligently at home so that when the teacher asked a question they could shoot their hand up and be praised for their good work.

Today, however, teenagers carry far more information and computing power in their pockets than would ever fit in their heads. So the ability to retain knowledge and manipulate numbers with facility has become, to a large extent, outdated skills. So kids today need to learn how to understand systems and solve problems.

I remember reading about this first in the mid-90s and I’ve definitely seen *some* improvements now that my kids are in school, but we’ve got a long way to go…

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