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_
- 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.
- 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).
- 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).