Digital Media Education Korean Youth(Sep2006)

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Digital Media Education Korean Youth(Sep2006)

  1. 1. <ul><li>Han Woo PARK </li></ul><ul><li>YeungNam University </li></ul><ul><li>Korea (South) </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.hanpark.net </li></ul><ul><li>Presented at the ‘int’l conference on youth protection & empowerment in cyberspace’ organized by the National Youth Council of Korea, Sep. 6 , 2006, Seoul Korea </li></ul>Digital media education for Korean youth
  2. 2. Background <ul><li>Today’s youth are exposed to new technologies for entertainment as well as communications-related, educational, and occupational reasons </li></ul><ul><li>Compared to other youth issues, not much attention has been paid to digital media education in academic and policy worlds </li></ul>
  3. 3. Main types & aims of digital media education <ul><li>Empowerment : Seeks to help youth learn how to make the best use of new digital media and content </li></ul><ul><li>Protection : Shield youth from new media influences that might be harmful to their mental and physical development </li></ul>
  4. 4. Digital media literacy <ul><li>Awareness </li></ul><ul><li>Hardware/Software access </li></ul><ul><li>Digital skill </li></ul><ul><li>Technical literacy </li></ul><ul><li>Informational literacy </li></ul><ul><li>Communication literacy </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Korea had the 13 th highest Internet penetration as of December 2005 </li></ul><ul><li>Two-thirds ( 67%, 33.9M ) of the Korean population accessed the Internet </li></ul><ul><li>A critical evaluation reports that utopian approaches tend to veil a newly appearing digital divide </li></ul>Digital media usage by Korean in general
  6. 6. <ul><li>Internet usage rate of people (6 to 19) is 97.8%, 9.15M , Sep.2005 </li></ul><ul><li>More than 80% of middle/high school students used wireless net </li></ul><ul><li>Awareness of DMB between 12 and 19: 17.5% (2004) -> 54.0% (2005) </li></ul><ul><li>Teenagers used online community and email services more than any other group, June 2005 </li></ul>Digital media usage by Korean youth
  7. 7. <ul><li>Media education in schools has been taking place mostly in Korean Language courses </li></ul><ul><li>Since the widespread dissemination of the Internet in the early 2000s, digital media education has started to be included in elective courses (e.g., pre-vocational courses and social studies) </li></ul>Korea’s policies on digital media education
  8. 8. <ul><li>However, compared to conventional media edu, digital media edu appears to take place unsystematically </li></ul><ul><li>Focuses on access to digital media </li></ul><ul><li>Diffusing : To enhance youth’s access to new technologies and network infra </li></ul><ul><li>Filtering : To restrict youth’s access to harmful and illegal contents </li></ul><ul><li>Monitoring : Cyber-ethics indicator </li></ul>Korea’s policies on digital media education
  9. 9. <ul><li>Counseling & curation </li></ul><ul><li>To prevent harmful addiction resulting from the overuse of media </li></ul><ul><li>To treat youth who suffer from the side effects of digital media </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Info & Comm Ethics’ textbook </li></ul><ul><li>A nationally authorized textbook </li></ul><ul><li>Socio-ethics aspects of digital media </li></ul>Korea’s policies on digital media education
  10. 10. <ul><li>An exploratory description of communication circumstances surrounding digital media education aimed at Korean youth </li></ul><ul><li>Collected .kr websites with the words ‘youth’ ‘digital’ ‘media’ ‘education’ </li></ul><ul><li>Found that the general public overall in Korea seems to be less engaged with the issue </li></ul>A case study: Website analysis on digital media education
  11. 12. Suggested policy programs for Korean government <ul><li>Provide appropriate opportunities within a range of curriculum areas </li></ul><ul><li>Build a knowledge sharing networks among youth for problem-solving </li></ul><ul><li>Let parents & media providers actively participate in digital edu </li></ul><ul><li>Launch int’l alliance network in cooperation with major IGOs </li></ul>
  12. 13. Thank you for listening! <ul><li>This is a part of my new media & society analyses in relation to South Korea but there are other areas such as social network analysis of websites </li></ul><ul><li>I f you are interested in my work, visit my website http://www.hanpark.net </li></ul>

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