It is so important that teachers not only teach students how to get information from the internet, but we also have to train them to know how to pick out the truthful information, from the un-truthful. With pure content at their figuretips people must understand how to access it, how to understand it, use it, analyse it, and then communicate what they think about it.
The power of social media and the internet is obvious today - as popular revolts/protests are breaking out across the middle east. This has happened despite in some of these countries despite government attempts to limit the effects and openness of the internet. The power to learn, communicate and share knowledge and ideas with ease will empower this generation and the ones that follow to a level that was impossible in the past. This power comes with a possible negative if the message being sent (or the one that is being listened to) is untruthful or emphasises intolerance etc. As teachers we can educate students to understand and use the interent, but also to avoid the potential dangers.