Badshah recognizes that millennials are online more and wondered how, if kids are internet savvy, can we motivate them to get the resources available online, process the information, and utilize the knowledge to go where they want to go?

Accentuate the positive

While some millennials are wasting their time on the internet, others are using it in innovative ways to enhance their lives. Most of this work is being done outside of the classroom, especially in nonprofit programs.

A recent digital arts competition completed with the Boys & Girls Club allowed kids to use tech to do art and movies. Programs like this focus on building the tech skills of young people rather than simply teaching them to be savvy about the use of one or a few devices.

“It’s just an amazing way to transform individuals to use tech to become competent and creative,” says Badshah.

Daniel Brusilovsky, a 19-year-old who attends the College of San Mateo in San Mateo, Calif., is the founder and CEO of Teens in Tech, a group that works with entrepreneurs ages 13 to 19 who are interested in technology.

Finding few people in his age group who were interested in technology and entrepreneurship, Brusilovsky created an outlet to connect with like-minded individuals.

The group hosts multiple programs for interested young people. This includes the incubator program, which gathers six teenagers to work together over a span of eight weeks to build a product over the summer. Products that have come out of this program include My School Help, a site that helps students share notes for classes, and CM Studios, a mobile gaming startup.

“To me, being tech savvy means understanding technology and the industry, and being knowledgeable about the gadgets that we use on a daily basis,” Brusilovsky said.