Student voice is defined as "the individual and collective perspective and actions of students within the context of learning and education." When students feel "heard," they're more likely to participate civically and in partnership with their communities.
The challenge is, enabling student voice isn't simply one of opportunity, it is also one of access. In order to be connected with what matters in the world, young people need to have the same technology and information access as every other member of society.
Nevertheless, there are repercussions associated with too much technology use. Teens always seem to have prolonged interaction with devices, rather than people. As a result, our social and communication skills develop differently than previous generations. Although 53% of GenZ (my generation) prefers in-person communications over instant messaging, Robyn Liedtke, an educational psychologist says "technology has impaired the development of age appropriate social skills in adolescents. Students need to speak directly to each other." Moerover, it's genreally accepted that the use of slang, emoticons and text abbreviations are interfering with the ability to write properly.
That's why I founded Rhino Press, to revolutionize the way students can use technology to have a voice. We provide students professional online exposure and skills in digital journalism, media, and business leadership. For photography we also have the visual arts platform, Canvas. Currently, we have a staff of over 150 journalists, editors, photographers, and board members and are distributing relevant, high-quality content through cutting-edge social media.