Digital Media Education Korean Youth(Sep2006)

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