The Changing Face of America: Kids & Empowerment

As part of "The Changing Face of America" series, NPR's Margot Adler explores how teenagers' computer skills have altered the balance of power in families and schools. Teachers and parents depend on their kids — in many cases — to solve Internet and other computer questions. This has changed the dynamic at times in homes and classrooms. There's a sharing of skill. Adler visits Champlain Valley Union High School in Vermont, where some teachers have adopted kids as "mentors" to learn the latest in high-tech skills. MIT Media Lab consultant Seymour Pappert says this growing power for kids will mean less rebellion and more confidence.

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