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Social network sites, online games, video-sharing sites, and gadgets such as iPods and mobile phones are now fixtures of youth culture. They have so permeated young lives that it is hard to believe that less than a decade ago these technologies barely existed. Today’s youth may be coming of age and struggling for autonomy and identity as did their predecessors, but they are doing so amid new worlds for communication, friendship, play, and self-expression. We include here the findings of three years of research on kids' informal learning with digital media. The two page summary incorporates a short, accessible version of our findings. Summary - Summary of Findings Two page summary (pdf) White Paper - Living and Learning with New Media: Summary of Findings from the Digital Youth Project (pdf) Ito, Mizuko, Heather A. Book - Hanging Out, Messing Around, Geeking Out: Living and Learning with New Media Ito, Mizuko, Sonja Baumer, Matteo Bittanti, danah boyd, Rachel Cody, Becky Herr, Heather A. Related:  Auteurs

How Parents Normalized Teen Password Sharing In 2005, I started asking teenagers about their password habits. My original set of questions focused on teens’ attitudes about giving their password to their parents, but I quickly became enamored with teens’ stories of sharing passwords with friends and significant others. So I was ecstatic when Pew Internet & American Life Project decided to survey teens about their password sharing habits. Pew found that one third of online 12-17 year olds share their password with a friend or significant other and that almost half of those 14-17 do. I love when data gets reinforced. Last week, Matt Richtel at the New York Times did a fantastic job of covering one aspect of why teens share passwords: as a show of affection. Meixing, 17, TN: It made me feel safer just because someone was there to help me out and stuff. For Meixing, sharing her password with her boyfriend is a way of being connected. The idea of teens sharing passwords didn’t come out of thin air. Can password sharing be abused?

Comment les jeunes vivent-ils et apprennent-ils avec les nouveaux médias D’où que l’on regarde, quand on parle du rapport des jeunes à l’Internet et aux réseaux sociaux, tout le monde évoque d’abord les risques, les dangers, les menaces qui pèsent sur eux. Des dangers qui justifient bien souvent toutes les dérives sécuritaires… Pourtant, les chercheurs dénoncent largement ce retournement, cette tentation anxiogène de l’hypercontrôle qui définitivement n’aidera ni les parents ni les jeunes à aborder et comprendre les formes des nouvelles sociabilités qui se développent en ligne.Après avoir observé un problème concret et récent, retour sur une étude de fond sur les rapports des jeunes à l’Internet. En 2008, la Fondation Mac Arthur a livré les résultats d’une imposante étude qualitative sur la pratique des nouveaux médias par les jeunes. Typologie des pratiques des jeunes « Ce qui est important à propos de cette typologie est qu’il ne s’agit pas de classer les jeunes comme ayant une identité unique ou un ensemble d’activités bien déterminé.

John Seely Brown: Chief of Confusion Youth, Privacy and Reputation (Literature Review) by Alice Marwi Many adults worry about children and teenagers’ online privacy, predominantly due to a perception that youth put themselves at risk for harassment and solicitation by revealing personal information, usually to marketers or on social networking sites (Aidman 2000; Giffen 2008; Read 2006). First, commercial websites and advertising networks are said to manipulate children into providing personal data which is bought, sold, and used for monetary gain (Cai & Gantz 2000; Montgomery & Pasnik 1996; Moscardelli & Liston-Heyes 2004; Youn 2009). Second, recent privacy worries are centered around secrecy, access, and the risks that “public living” on sites like Facebook, MySpace, and YouTube poses from educational institutions, future employers, pedophiles, and child pornographers (Palfrey et al. 2008; Lenhart & Madden 2007; Youn 2009). Often, young people are viewed on one side of a generational divide (Herring 2008).

Serge Proulx | Professeur titulaire, École des médias – Université du Québec à Montréal Save Scholarly Ideas, Not the Publishing Industry (a rant) The scholarly publishing industry used to offer a service. It used to be about making sure that knowledge was shared as broadly as possible to those who would find it valuable using the available means of distribution: packaged paper objects shipped through mail to libraries and individuals. It made a profit off of serving an audience. These days, the scholarly publishing industry operates as a gatekeeper, driven more by profits than by the desire to share information as widely as possible. It stopped innovating and started resting on its laurels. In the last few decades, a new tool for information distribution has emerged: the internet. Don’t get me wrong: I think that the scholarly publishing industry is in the midst of complete turmoil. WTF? Ironically, of course, it’s the government who is trying to push back against the scholarly publishing’s stranglehold on scholarly knowledge. But what I want to know is this: Like this: Like Loading...

Main findings Main findings Americans are increasingly going online just for fun and to pass the time. On any given day, 53% of all the young adults ages 18-29 go online for no particular reason except to have fun or to pass the time. Many of them go online in purposeful ways, as well. But the results of a survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project show that young adults’ use of the internet can at times be simply for the diversion it presents. Indeed, 81% of all young adults in this age cohort report they have used the internet for this reason at least occasionally. These results come in the larger context that internet users of all ages are much more likely now than in the past to say they go online for no particular reason other than to pass the time or have fun. The trend also suggests the degree to which the internet has become a competitor to all kinds of other leisure activities that are pursued on other kinds of media.

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