Study Finds Teenagers’ Internet Socializing Isn’t Such a Bad Thing

Good news for worried parents: All those hours their teenagers spend socializing on the Internet are not a bad thing, according to a new study by the MacArthur Foundation.”It may look as though kids are wasting a lot of time hanging out with new media, whether it’s on MySpace or sending instant messages,” said Mizuko Ito, lead researcher on the study, “Living and Learning With New Media.” “But their participation is giving them the technological skills and literacy they need to succeed in the contemporary world. They’re learning how to get along with others, how to manage a public identity, how to create a home page.”The study, conducted from 2005 to last summer, describes new-media usage but does not measure its effects.
http://nytimes.com/2008/11/20/us/20internet.htmlTeens’ Internet use is mostly a good thing, study finds
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has a message for parents worried about their children’s use of the Internet: Chill out. A new study to be released today found that most teenagers steer clear of dangerous sites and use the Web only for research or to communicate with friends.It’s just that, as usual, parents don’t understand.”One of the main things we found is that it is highly motivating for kids to learn from peers, whether it’s the everyday social stuff or learning about new technology or making videos or doing creative writing,” said Mizuko Ito, a UC Irvine researcher and the report’s lead author. “They’re learning a lot of the basic social and technical skills they need to participate in contemporary society. If kids are excluded from participating, they’re not learning to engage with media and technology in the way that their peers are.”
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-teens20-2008nov20,0,3308893.storyOnline time ‘is good for teens’
Surfing the internet, playing games and hanging out on social networks are important for teen development, a large study of online use has revealed.The report counters the stereotypical view held by many parents and teachers that such activity is a waste of time.More than 800 teenagers and parents took part in the three-year US project.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7740895.stm

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