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Growing Up Online


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project for RED 534, University of TN-Knoxville, Spr '08

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Growing Up Online

  1. 1. Digital Citizenship, Digital Identity The Challenges and Opportunities of Growing Up Online Jennifer Lubke, RED 534, Spring 2008
  2. 2. The Challenges <ul><li>Access </li></ul><ul><li>Ethics </li></ul><ul><li>Isolation </li></ul><ul><li>Safety </li></ul>
  3. 3. Challenge: Ethics <ul><li>Among teens who have online profiles, 66% say that their profile is not visible to all Internet users. They limit access to their profiles in some way. </li></ul><ul><li>Among those whose profiles can be accessed by anyone, 46% say they give at least a little and sometimes a good deal of false information on their profiles. Teens post fake information to protect themselves, but also to be playful or silly. </li></ul><ul><li>Source: Pew Internet and American Life Project </li></ul>
  4. 4. Challenge: Ethics <ul><li>Every time I log in. </li></ul><ul><li>-- from “Online,” sung by Brad Paisley </li></ul>Yeah, I’m cooler online. When you’ve got my kind of stats It’s hard to get a date Let alone a real girlfriend But I grow another foot and lose a bunch of weight
  5. 5. Challenge: Ethics What tools and techniques can we use to ethically manage our online identities?
  6. 6. The Opportunities <ul><li>Conversation </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Creation </li></ul>
  7. 7. Opportunity: Creation <ul><li>64% of online teens ages 12-17 have participated in one or more content-creating activities on the Internet, up from 57% of online teens in a similar survey at the end of 2004. </li></ul><ul><li>39% of online teens share their own artistic creations online, such as artwork, photos, stories, or videos, up from 33%. </li></ul><ul><li>27% maintain their own webpage, up from 22%. </li></ul><ul><li>26% remix content, up from 19%. </li></ul><ul><li>Source: Pew Internet and American Life Project </li></ul>
  8. 8. Opportunity: Creation <ul><li>“ iGeneration” by MC Lars </li></ul>We sat at our laptops and typed away, and found that we each had something to say. Web-logged our fears, our hopes and dreams. Individuated by digital means. Hey! You’re part of it. Talking about the iGeneration. . .
  9. 9. Opportunity: Creation What tools and techniques will you use to find your voice? What do you have to say?
  10. 10. Sources Teens and Social Media: The use of social media gains a greater foothold in teen life as they embrace the conversational nature of interactive online media , report from the Pew Internet and American Life Project, Dec. 19, 2007, retrieved from Teens, Privacy and Online Social Networks: How teens manage their online identities and personal information in the age of MySpace , report from the Pew Internet and American Life Project, April 18, 2007, retrieved from Music: “Television Rules the Nation,” by Daft Punk from Human After All, released March 15, 2005