Slowly we are discovering – or rather learners are discovering new uses of the technologies for learning. Instant messaging, file sharing, social networking. And of course blogging. A growing number of reports have documented how the so called net generation use computers in their everyday life. Moral panics have emerged about the amount of time spent in front of the computer and the dangers of open Internet access.
A newspaper article form the 1950s worrying over the time young people were spending outdoors playing sports! There seems to be a timeless pattern of new generations finding new trends about which to panic. As so often happens when confronted with something new, the reaction of the education systems is to control and to ban it. Young people are told to turn off their mobile phones to go into their lessons on communication. The U.S. government is debating a law banning access to social networking sites in educational establishments.