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New Report: Living and Learning with New Media: Summary of Findings from the Digital Youth Project

09 December, 2008
By Allison Orr

A new report has found that young people use online networks to extent friendships and like to be "always on": in constant contact with friends through communications tools.

The report, Living and Learning with New Media, is an extensive study of youth media use in the US, and shows that social networking and gadgets such as iPods and mobile phones are now just fixtures of youth culture.  While parents worry that children are wasting time online, the research has found that technology is creating new opportunities for youth to grapple with social norms, explore interests and experiment with new forms of self-expression.

Far from discouraging this behavior, the report argues that adults should facilitate young people’s engagement with digital media, since while hanging out online, kids are picking up basic social and technical skills they need to fully participate in contemporary society.

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