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Is the Silver Lining of the Internet Reflective?

I often write abut how kids aren't ready for all of the things that come their way online. Slowing it down feels like the only way to save them from it all. Yesterday, Gwyneth Paltrow spoke at the Code Conference, sandwiched between Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Google Founder Sergey Brin. Her beckground may not be quite as techy as the rest of her pannel, but her message carried its fair share of weight. GP suggested that maybe the Internet offers a silver lining: a chance to reflect. She sid that while the web's version 1.0 often takes the form of a venemous download, in it's next incarnation the Internet and its social media outlets can and should evolve to a higher place. I think it's a unique and healthy perspective... but it is also one for people who have fully developed brains. Translation: it's true for adults. Our kids and their maturing minds are, by definition, impulsive. They are motivated by what feels good in the moment. Most cannot do what it takes to reflect before posting. It's why the youngest set don't belong on social media in the first place. Their parents, on the other hand, are ready and able to evolve.  

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