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The phrase 'digital natives' was coined by Mark Prensky, an author and educational expert, back in 2001.
"Digital Natives: students today are all 'native speakers' of the digital language of computers, video games and the Internet…Those of us who were not born into the digital world but have, at some later point in our lives, become fascinated by and adopted many or most aspects of the new technology are, and always will be compared to them, Digital Immigrants." Marc Prensky, 2001.
Prensky has his detractors - there are many articles available that dismiss this terminology as overly simplistic, caricatured or simply irrelevant, but even a brief flick through YouTube demonstrates why the post-millennial generation should be considered the first true digital natives.
2CV Invites seminar 19/03/15 - Taking it Offline: The Importance of the Real World for Connected Youth
In the next 2CV Invites seminar, our youth specialists will explore what it really means to grow up as the world's first digital natives. We discuss how understanding their offline world is the first step to making sense of the amplified, fast-paced and increasingly personalised online worlds they inhabit.