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Sunday, November 27, 2005

Teens as content producers

Just came across a new report from the Pew Internet and American Life Project. A summary of their latest report reads:

American teenagers today are utilizing the interactive capabilities of the
internet as they create and share their own media creations. Fully half of all
teens and 57% of teens who use the internet could be considered Content
Creators. They have created a blog or webpage, posted original artwork,
photography, stories or videos online or remixed online content into their own
new creations.

Teens are often much more enthusiastic authors and readers of blogs than
their adult counterparts. Teen bloggers, led by older girls, are a major part of
this tech-savvy cohort. Teen bloggers are more fervent internet users than
non-bloggers and have more experience with almost every online activity in the

Teens continue to actively download music and video from the internet and
have used multiple sources to get their files. Those who get music files online
believe it is unrealistic to expect people to self-regulate and avoid free
downloading and file-sharing altogether.

I'll let you draw your own conclusions about what this should tell us regarding the ways we can reach and teach our kids (versus what normally happens in the classroom.) Get the complete report


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