By Caroline Knorr, Common Sense Media parenting editor
But for a lot of parents, the negative headlines don't track with their families' experience of technology. Many folks are seeing their kids learn, grow and benefit from innovations in the tech world.
Maybe it's all part of a rising trend in general positivity generated by sites like Upworthy and Do Something. Maybe parents are learning how to better manage their kids' media lives. And maybe -- just maybe -- kids who have grown up immersed in technology are smarter about the way the digital world should work. Whatever it is, we're excited about these surprisingly inspiring kids' tech trends for 2014.
- Hacking is a cool kid's hobby. No longer a lonely bastion for nerds, computer programming is suddenly stylish -- and social. With programs such as Scratch, Gamestar Mechanic and Codecademy, young Zuckerbergs can get hands-on experience coding everything from animations to video games. Best of all, they can share their creations with others, forging dynamic networks of creativity and innovation.
What tech trends are you and your family excited about in 2014?
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