Pew Internet: Social Networking and Teens

16 March 2007

Pew Internet: Social Networking and Teens

Report published 7 January 2007


A social networking site is an online place where a user can create a profile and build a personal network that connects him or her to other users. In the past five years, such sites have rocketed from a niche activity into a phenomenon that engages tens of millions of internet users. More than half (55%) of all online American youths ages 12-17 use online social networking sites, according to a new national survey of teenagers conducted by the Pew Internet & American Life Project.

The survey also finds that older teens, particularly girls, are more likely to use these sites. For girls, social networking sites are primarily places to reinforce pre-existing friendships; for boys, the networks also provide opportunities for flirting and making new friends.

Dereks Blog: Under 18 Blogs, Wikis & Social Networks

16 March 2007

Under 18 Blogs, Wikis & Social Networks

More from Derek Wenmoth… here he reports on a panel discussion that addressed these questions:

  1. What are young people getting out of their online lives?
  2. What is reality when it comes to dangers for young people online?
  3. What kinds of social, technological/design solutions are there once we identify experiences we want to facilitate and/or prevent?

Some things to add to the pile of reading…

7 March 2007

Dereks Blog: Taking formal education beyond exams
An article from Malaysia about a change of approach to assessment

DfES: research into ICT
A whole pile of research into ICT in schools and homes

EU: Impact of ICT
Advertised on the newsletter, an impact study in 17 EU nations

Video Games in Education

5 March 2007

Dereks Blog: Video Games in Education

Derek Wenmoth points us in the direction of this video from Orange County USA. It talks about the use of video games for learning. The other question then is, as always. how do you assess it?