Teens, The Internet & Education

Below are some excerpts from several research studies concerning teenagers, the internet and education. Follow the links to find more information.

10 Things to Know About How Teens Use Technology
by Kristen Purcell
July 10. 2013

Click here to learn more: http://www.pewinternet.org/Presentations/2013/Jul/10-Things-to-Know-About-HowTeens-Use-Technology.aspx

Generation M2: Media in the Lives of 8 to 18 Year Olds
by: Victoria J. Rideout, Ulla G. Foehr, Donald F. Roberts
January 1, 2010

This study is based on survey results from 2,002 3rd-12th grade students ages 8-18 between October 2008 and May 2009. They found that young people are spending 7:38 each day consuming media, seven days a week. Moreover, because of multi-tasking today's youth are actually packing 10 hours and 45 minutes worth of media content into those 7 1/2 hours each day.
According to the study, from 2004 to 2009:
  • Home internet access has expanded from 74% to 84% among young people.
  • Cell phone ownership has increased from 39% to 66% among young people.
Some other findings as of 2009:
  • 47% of heavy media users say they usually get fair to poor grades.
  • 23% of light media users say they usually get fair to poor grades.
  • 48% of 8-18 year olds say they have watched TV online.
  • 30% of 8-18 year olds say they have watched TV on their cell phones.
  • 31% of 8-10 year olds reported that they own a cell phone.
Media time for 8-18 year olds
Learn more here: http://kaiserfamilyfoundation.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/8010.pdf

Teens and Technology 2013
by: Mary Madden, Amanda Lenhart, Maeve Duggan, Sandra Cortesi, Urs Gasser
March 13, 2013

This study sumarized the results of a nationally representative survey of 802 teens aged 12-17 and their parents that was conducted between July 26 and September 30, 2012. Some of the findings include:
  • 93% of teens reported that they own a computer or have access to one at home.
  • 37% of teens reported that they own a smartphone.
  • 1 in 4 teens reported that their cell phone is the primary way they access the internet.
  • 34% of older teenage girls (14-17) reported that their cell phone is the primary way they access the internet.
Learn more here:http://www.pewinternet.org/~/media//Files/Reports/2013/PIP_TeensandTechnology2013.pdf


How Teachers Are Using Technology at Home and in Their Classrooms
by: Kristen Purcell, Alan Heaps, Judy Buchanan, Linda Friedrich
February 28, 2013

This study involved a survey of 2,462 Advanced Placement and National Writing Project teachers concerning their personal use of digital technology and the use of digital technology by their students. Just some of the findings:
  • 93% of teachers own a laptop computer vs. 61% of all adults
  • 47% own an e-book reader vs. 19% of all adults
  • 78% use social networking sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn or Google+, compared with 69% of adult internet users and 59% of all adults 
  • Teachers under age 35 are more likely than teachers age 55 and older to describe themselves as “very confident” when it comes to using new digital technologies (64% vs. 44%)
  • 60% agree with the notion that “today’s digital technologies make it harder for students to find and use credible sources of information” 
Learn more here: http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2013/Teachers-and-technology/Summary-of-Findings.aspx

TO KEEP ON LEARNING:  Understanding how students are using technology is becoming more and more important for educators and parents.  For more information about this topic try searching the internet for:
kids and technology
teen computer trends