Who make frequent phone calls and send emails to school administrators regarding their children’s grades and academic progress; they attend job fairs, help write college admissions essays and sit in on campus interviews.
(Not to mention moving them to campus, shopping at Target to decorate their rooms, or calling boot camp)
They negotiate salaries and vacation time with HR managers
Raised in an atmosphere that deemed self esteem as paramount.
Everyone gets a trophy. No one “loses”. Everyone gets an “at bat”
Warning over narcissistic pupils By Katherine Sellgren (3/16/09) BBC News, at the ASCL conference The growing expectation placed on schools and parents to boost pupils' self-esteem is breeding a generation of narcissists, an expert has warned. Dr Carol Craig said children were being over-praised and were developing an "all about me"mentality. She said teachers increasingly faced complaints from parents if their child failed a spelling test ordid not get a good part in the school pantomime. She told head teachers the self-esteem agenda, imported from the United States, was a "a big fashionable idea" that had gone too far.
“ What kind of kid doesn’t get into Harvard? Well, there was the charming boy I interviewed with 1560 SATs. He did cancer research in the summer; played two instruments in three orchestras; and composed his own music. He redid the computer system for his student paper, loved to cook and was writing his own cookbook.”
“ There was the girl who, during summer vacation, left her house before 7 each morning to make a two-hour train ride to a major university, where she worked all day doing cutting-edge research for NASA on weightlessness in mice.”
“ These kids who don’t get into Harvard spend summers on schooners in Chesapeake Bay studying marine biology, building homes for the poor in Central America, touring Europe with all-star orchestras.”
What does an immigrant do? Sticks his toes in the culture.
You learn the culture from the outside in, but still retain large elements of your heritage: (like confusion over “summer camp”. You prefer face to face and telephone communication, relatively strict guarding of online privacy
The vast majority of online adults use email and search engines
They research and gather information
Older generations do not typically engage with the internet past e-commerce
Less than one-fifth of online adults older than Gen-X use Social Networks.
Privacy does not appear to be an issue "Kids should be taught that sharing digitized images of themselves in embarrassing or compromised positions can have bad consequences” -ACLU A 2008 national survey found 20 percent of teenagers say they have sent or posted online nude or semi-nude pictures of themselves, and 39 percent say they have sent or posted sexually suggestive messages, according to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.
The more they reveal about themselves online...
The g reater the opportunities : Romantic, Professional, Creative.
Adults don’t get kids They have no sense of shame. They have no sense of privacy. They are show-offs, fame whores, pornographic little loons who post their diaries, their phone numbers, their stupid poetry - for God’s sake, their dirty photos! — online. They have virtual friends instead of real ones. They talk illiterate instant messages. They are interested only in attention—and yet they have zero attention span, flitting like hummingbirds from one virtual stage to another. Adult POV Source : NewYork magazine 2007
Kids don’t get adults, either. Whenever we are allowed to indulge in something you are not allowed to, it makes you bitter. What did you have? The mall and the parking lot of the 7-Eleven? It sucked to grow up when you did! And you are mad about it now. You are always eager to believe that your behavior is a matter of morality, not chronology. (But the truth of the matter is) you didn’t behave like that because nobody gave you the option. A kid’s POV
For Millennials, everything has to be convenient and accessible
“News finds me. I don’t mean it’s offered to me on a platter, but that if it’s a particularly relevant piece of news, someone is going to blog about it, send me an email with a URL attached, or just tell me about it on MSN.
Blogger Daryl Tay, on foruniquefrequency.wordpress.com
81% of the time young people spend some of their time using more than one medium at a time (Media Multitasking)
Nearly 2/3 of the time they’re also
Eating, doing chores, talking on
the phone, doing homework.
Kaiser Family Foundation
Continuous Partial Attention Source : Pew Internet Research 87% Use the internet 65% Instant Message (IM) 44% Go online every day 29% Keep several IM Conversations going at once 29% Have more than 50 “buddies” on regular IM list 25% IM people in the Same room
While you’re doing your homework , you’re listening to music on your iPod, texting two people at once, with the tv on in the background (a rerun, since you only have to pay half attention to it), posting on a friend’s facebook page, twittering your followers about an upcoming concert, and talking to your dorm mate who’s sitting on the bed next to you doing the same thing.