By Ben Halpert, Founder Savvy Cyber Kids, an EarthLink partner
May is Older Americans Month and seniors, like the rest of us, are spending an increasing proportion of their day in cyberspace and less time in real life.
From shopping, dating and sharing, to learning, buying and teaching, older American’s interactions with the virtual world are having a greater and greater influence on how they and others see themselves, how they think and how they see the world and their place in it.
Regrettably, there is not a virtual justice system ensuring that those who use the Internet for good are rewarded and that those who do otherwise face appropriate consequences. So, in recognition of Older Americans Month, Savvy Cyber Kids wants to remind everyone that the internet is, as Thomas Friedman of the New York Times put it, “an open sewer of untreated, unfiltered information, where [we] need to bring skepticism and critical thinking to everything [we] read and basic civic decency to everything [we] write.”
Check out Savvy Cyber Kids’ Grandparent’s Guide to Technology and our in-depth analysis of seniors and the scams they need to be aware of.