Twitter is arguably the simplest and easiest online social networking / broadcasting application to learn, and one any kid can use almost instantly. The Guardian UK reports that a proposal is being submitted to overhaul the primary school curriculum to include:
Children to leave primary school familiar with blogging, podcasts, Wikipedia and Twitter as sources of information and forms of communication. They must gain “fluency” in handwriting and keyboard skills, and learn how to use a spellchecker alongside how to spell.
This seems inevitable. Online literacy, and even more important, online presence has become critical for interacting with and arguably, acheiving success in society. I’m making sure my children understand the importance of writing well because the written word will always remain the most efficient mode of communication between man and device.