Do you know anyone that doesn’t have a cell phone or access to the internet? Your list is probably pretty short. I bet there are a bunch of you out there with several modes of technology (a cellphone, desktop, tablet, e-reader, gaming console…). The list could go on and on.
It is clearly not just adults that are using all these high-tech resources. It seems like kids are learning how to work a touch screen as toddlers and have smart phones by the time they start school. This observation isn’t too far from the truth. In 2015, 95% of American teens had two or more digital devices (i.e. desktop or laptop computer, smartphone, basic phone, tablet and game console); 87% had access to a desktop or laptop; and almost three quarters had access to smart phones. With this increased availability, it is no surprise that 92% of teens reported going online daily. These statistics come from a Pew Research Center study, and we can only imagine that these statistics have gone up over the past two years and will continue to climb.
This trend is the driving force behind Teen Tech Week, a national initiative sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). This program is aimed at working with teens to increase their digital literacy and help them “succeed in school and prepare for college and 21st century careers.” The access is clearly out there, and libraries are here to help promote the proper use of today’s technology.
Anne Arundel County Public Libraries will be hosting events throughout Teen Tech Week (March 5-11) across many of our branches.
Check out the full list of programs here.
Learning about technology at AACPL isn’t restricted to just one week or to just teenagers. There are STEM programs for children and young adults of all ages every week, and adults have access to computer training at multiple branches that could be one-on-one personalized instruction or a group class about a particular program.
Today’s digital landscape will continue to grow and change, and the library is happy to be here to teach the skills necessary to thrive in this environment.