2012 Pew Internet Studies on Teens, Education and Online Behavior

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The Pew Internet and American Life Project division of the Pew Research Center conducts studies and reports on teens, families, broadband, health, social networking, mobile, technology user types, the digital divide and more. I wanted to share the findings of its most recent studies on teens, the Internet and education.

Parents, Teens and Online Privacy 11/20/12 (ages 12-17_

Parents’ biggest concerns over the online privacy of their teens are:

  • The amount of information advertisers can learn about their teen’s online behavior.
  • How their teens interact online with people they don’t know.
  • How their teens online activity might affect future college or job prospects.
  • How their teens manage their online reputations.
Teens and Online Video 5/3/12 (ages 12-17)
  • Over a third of teen Internet users engage in video chats with others using Skype, Googletalk or iChat.
  • Teen girls use video chats more often than teenage boys.
  • Over a quarter of Internet using teens upload video to the Internet.
  • Over 10% of these teens stream live video to the Internet for others to see.
  • Social media using teens are more likely to do the above.
  • (Since this research is almost a year old, I wouldn’t be surprised if these numbers are much higher now).
According to a survey of middle and high school teachers a majority feel that:
  • Student’s digital literacy skills have not kept pace with the growing number of educational resources online.
  • Students have a wider access to resources now with the Internet.
  • The Internet makes students more self-sufficient in their research.
  • Search engines have led students to expect to find information quickly and easily.
  • The amount of online information available is overwhelming to students.
  • Digital technologies discourage students from using other types of sources when doing research.
  • Today’s technology makes it harder for students to find credible sources.
  • About half of the teachers believe that schools should teach courses in digital literacy. (As a former academic librarian, I couldn’t agree more).
The research done by the Pew Internet and American Life Project is fascinating. Take a look at the variety of topics and see if there is any other research that interests you in addition to that on teens and education.
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    Those are really interesting insights. It’s amazing how the internet has changed things from just when I was a child. My kids will be very limited on the social media and networks until they are MUCH older. I don’t think they need all that additional stress and pressure of Facebook and such until they are more mature and can handle it better.

  2. This is always a good topic that needs reminding of. I tell my kids that “the internet is forever” all the time.

  3. Due to the internet we now do have such a vast knowledge just waiting to be discovered. I read a book about how social skills are declining with teens because of the internet in reference to communication skills and handling emotions. I agree with you that digital literacy should be taught.

  4. As a mom of two teenagers, I can totally agree with this. Huge changes have taken place.

  5. Interesting stats :>) Thanks for the info! The world did change, that’s for sure…

  6. Krystle(Baking Beauty) :

    Thanks for summarizing the research. I am guilty of relying on search engines for school!

  7. I think its better to teach them how to use if properly rather than ignore it. AGREE!

  8. The real problem isn’t that credible sources are really harder to find…it is that many people…including college students have no clue how to tell if a source is credible or not. So yea they need educating on how to use the resources available.

    I noticed this from helping my cousin and her friends with some research papers for college classes.

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