osewalrus (osewalrus) wrote,

Link Harvest: Them Young 'Uns and Their Whacky Interwebs!

Study by the MacArthur Foundation on the importance of going online for teens:

Key findings:
* There is a generation gap in how youth and adults view the value of online activity.
o Adults tend to be in the dark about what youth are doing online, and often view online activity as risky or an unproductive distraction.
o Youth understand the social value of online activity and are generally highly motivated to participate.
* Youth are navigating complex social and technical worlds by participating online.
o Young people are learning basic social and technical skills that they need to fully participate in contemporary society.
o The social worlds that youth are negotiating have new kinds of dynamics, as online socializing is permanent, public, involves managing elaborate networks of friends and acquaintances, and is always on.
* Young people are motivated to learn from their peers online.
o The Internet provides new kinds of public spaces for youth to interact and receive feedback from one another.
o Young people respect each other’s authority online and are more motivated to learn from each other than from adults.
* Most youth are not taking full advantage of the learning opportunities of the Internet.
o Most youth use the Internet socially, but other learning opportunities exist.
o Youth can connect with people in different locations and of different ages who share their interests, making it possible to pursue interests that might not be popular or valued with their local peer groups.
o “Geeked-out” learning opportunities are abundant – subjects like astronomy, creative writing, and foreign languages.

[deleted about MacArthur and pub broadcasting as I was misremembering. It was actually the Carnegie Foundation that did the 1967 report on public television.]

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