by Mike Masnick

Google Making Kids Smarter By Encouraging Them To Ask Questions?

from the dept

An interesting idea, if only anecdotally supported, that kids these days are willing to ask more questions, in part because parents are more willing to answer them -- because those parents have Google. So, now, when kids ask why is the sky blue or the grass green, parents hit up Google for the answers, kids feel they learned something and are encouraged to ask again in the future. The writer also notes that this seems to make kids less willing to accept non-answers while also making them more critical of the answers they do receive, since it's easy to double check them. Of course, at some point, the kids just start asking Google directly, and then we get all the folks worried about bogus info on the internet, but at least it's a start.

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