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STAYING CONNECTED TO YOUR CONNECTED TEEN: OPPORTUNITIES AND THREATS Heidi Dusek 4-H Youth & Family Coordinator, Outagamie County UW-Extension
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Research is sited on most slides, however much of my information comes from the PEW Research Center: Internet & Technology and PBS: Growing Up Online & Digital Nation
Videos links are included in the slides
Adult online demographics
PEW Internet and American LIFE project, Generations online in 2009
All Whites (75%) All Blacks (59%) English-Speaking Hispanics (80%) 73%* of the population reports using the internet or email. Here is a breakdown of use among different online groups. (shown as a percentage of population online) 18-29 Years Old (90%) 30-49 Years Old (85%) 50-64 Years Old (70%) 65+ Years Old (35%) No High School Degree (44%) College Graduates (91%) <$30K Income (53%) >$75K Income (95%) Men (73%) Women (73%) *Source: Pew Internet & American Life Survey, May 2008. http://www.pewinternet.org ** This statistic comes from the Pew Internet Project’s Latinos Online data, collected June-October, 2006. High School Graduates (63%) Urban (74%) Rural (63%) Suburban (77%) Spanish-Dominant Hispanics (32%)**
How has technology changed us?
Sources: videos Did You Know 4.0
Did You know 3.0
93% of the US population owns a cell phone
The average teen sends 2272 text messages a month
Top 10 demand jobs in 2010 didn’t exist in 2004
There are 31 billion searches on Google each month in 2008, up from 2.1 billion in 2006.
Today, an average college student will
A Vision of Students Today
Sleep 7 hours
Watch 1.5 hours of TV
Spend 3.5 hours online
Listen to 2.5 hours of music
Spend 2 hours on their cell phone
Be in class for 3 hours
Spend 3 hours studying
Eat for 2 hours
+ Work for 2 hours
26. hours per day
They are multi-taskers.
Characteristics of adolescents
Source: Digital Youth Research
Many youth struggle to for autonomy and identity.
Likely to explore interests through self-directed learning
New Technology = New opportunities
“ hang-out” with people they know offline
Connect to those with like interests
Publicize or share their work
What is most relevant to teens? (Ages 12-17) : PEW Research: Internet & Tech
97% play computer, web, portable, or console games (Guitar Hero most frequently played), 78% play games online
71% are cell phone owners (of them 38% send text messages daily)
64% have created content on the internet (35% blog, 54% post photos)
65% use social networking sites
32% have been a target of cyber bullying
9 th grader: “My parents don’t understand that I’ve been online since I was in 2 nd grade. I know what to watch out for.”
Parent: “I feel like I’m always on the outside looking in. Technology is making it hard to relate to my child.”
Teacher: “I need to find way to entertain my students. We have to cut through the cloud of information and media surrounding them to capture their attention
Source: PBS-Growing up Online
Opportunities technology can provide?
Engage newer/diverse audiences
Source of knowledge
Could save time and resources
constantly evolving- becoming more user friendly
Technical and media literacy skills
Facilitate self-directed learning
Threats in using technology?
Keeping up with the changes
Creates artificial barriers
Self-initiated behavior (cyber bullying, sharing tips for negative behavior)
Risks and Considerations
Who is your audience? Is it appropriate?
Privacy (settings/expected behavior)
Copyright & Fair Use
Terms of Service Agreement - liability, who owns the content
Accountability - how do people find your content
Life of the Data (permission to post)
Stability of site/Security
Best Advise for Parents
Do not allow a child to have a computer in their bedroom
Talk with your child
Show an interest- have them show you what they are working on.
Before getting connected….
Means for individual profiles
Examples: Facebook, MySpace, Linked In, Ning
Ways to Use Social Networking
Extend your network- “friends” -friends, extended family, parents & children
Update on what others are doing -individual pages -fan pages -group pages -event announcements
Communicate with others - Through status updates, private messages, pictures
Adults and Social Networking
89% of 13-17 year olds have profile
75% of 18-24 year olds have profile
57% of 25-34 year olds have profile
30% of 35-44 year olds have profile
19% of 45-54 year olds have profile
10% of 55-64 year olds have profile
7% of adults 65 and older have a profile.
These rates have quadrupled since 2005
Adults use of Social Networking
Real-Simple-Syndication. By having an RSS feed/aggregator, websites that you subscribe to will update in your RSS, rather than you having to go to different website for current content. It’s like having an INBOX for the web. RSS in Plain English -video
Examples: Google Reader, Bloglines, Pageflakes
Similar to a real-life bookmark
A marker for a Web site. (In Internet Explorer, they're called "Favorites“).