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.