Posts filed under ‘Online Tools’
ReadWriteWeb shares that in a study of 14-21 year-olds, MySpace found that, “Some 36% of the respondents said they found it easier to talk about themselves online than in the real world, leading them to share more about themselves using technology.” For their younger counterparts who’ve never known life without social networks and text messaging, I’d guess that the percentage preferring to share online would be even higher.
MySpace’s numbers make total sense to us. For nearly a decade, OneSeventeen Media’s team members have been creating interactive experiences for kids online; we see technology as an opportunity to connect with kids who don’t always feel comfortable reaching out for help or support in face-to-face interactions. This isn’t to say online interactions should replace real life ones, but often the right online tool can serve as the first step in improving offline relationships.
So often it’s the doom-and-gloom reports about kids online that catch mainstream media attention, and Anastasia Goodstein presents a fresh look at information and youth behavior online:
“- 63% of teens said they DO NOT USE social networks to make fun of other students
- 87% of teens said they HAVE NOT posted naked or semi-naked photos or videos of themselves.
- 76% of teens said they HAVE NOT signed on to someone else’s account without permission
- 72% of teens HAVE NOT posted personal information that they normally would not have revealed in public
I would say wow, most teens are using this technology pretty responsibly…”
While there’s still room for improvement and educating kids as digital citizens, I greatly appreciate Anastasia framing the numbers to give kids the benefit of the doubt. There’s a strong majority of kids choosing to do the right things online, and that’s encouraging news!
“Is Facebook your window to your social world? Is your mobile device the last thing you put aside before shutting the light out at night? Or does the deluge of digital information leave you flat and the ring of your cell phone leave you cranky? Take the quiz to find out where you fit in the typology of technology users.”
Curious, I took the quiz and discovered that I am a Digital Collaborator.
“If you are a Digital Collaborator, you use information technology to work with and share your creations with others. You are enthusiastic about how ICTs help you connect with others and confident in how to manage digital devices and information. For you, the digital commons can be a camp, a lab, or a theater group – places to gather with others to develop something new.”
I’m interested to see what other people are! I’d love for you to take the quiz and share your results below. Having only seen my results, I’m curious what other titles and divisions there are. I’d venture to guess my classification is typical of my age group; particulary those of us seeking out Pew’s content. I’m also wondering if the younger, tech-savvy tween crowd generally falls into the same category?
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An article from eSchool News shares that when dynamic teachers are paired with top notch technology, there are incredible outcomes for students, raising achievement levels an average of 17 percentile points. Our team members are long time evangelist for the benefit of increased youth engagement when relevant content is delivered through high tech means. It’s inspiring to hear about these teachers who are pushing themselves and their students farther by pursuing and utilizing technology. Today’s students are digital natives, and to engage them inside or outside of the classroom, teachers, companies and organizations have to keep up with technology. Leaders in all sectors reaching out to youth will be those who don’t only keep up, but actively push the technological envelope to encourage these formative young minds to push themselves.
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