“Digital Natives lack online nous” says @Ofcom

A report was released by Ofcom yesterday into Children and Parents attitudes - and this was the accompanying press release (note, I'm not a particular fan of the term 'digital native', especially the way that it's used): Children increasingly trusting of information they find online One in ten believe everything they find on social media or apps is true Most 12-15s unaware that 'vloggers' can be paid to endorse products Children are becoming more trusting of…

PRESS RELEASE: “Digital natives” turn to parents and teachers for digital literacy skills, new study finds (@MediaSmarts, #YCWW) #DigitalParenting

Well, we know what I think about the idea of a 'digital native'... I drew on Mediasmarts research in sections of my book, so was interested to see their latest research: Ottawa, ON (March 31, 2014) – Canadian youth are not as digitally literate as adults may think they are, according to new research released today by MediaSmarts. Though today’s young people have grown up immersed in digital media, they still rely on parents and…

#DigitalParenting: The Myth of the Digital Native (#SID2014)

The CHILDWISE “Digital Lives” Report of 2010 proudly noted: “Today’s young children are born into a digital world, and have never known a time without the internet affecting all aspects of their daily life.” That may be true, but it tends to be translated into a kind of panic: one step ahead in an area [technology] that has developed so much, as we have become parents and never navigated it before ourselves [as children]. (Parent,…

No such thing as a 'digital native' .. not homogenous

Been seeing this story floating around over the last couple of days, and thought this one gave a decent overview: Millennials may be the largest generational cohort in history, but they’re hardly homogenous. In a pivotal study, MTV unearthed two distinct groups within the generation. “The New Millennials Will Keep Calm and Carry On” investigates the shifting dynamics between older and younger Millennials and revealed that the new wave of Millennials, aged 13-17, is different…

"Educators should not assume that all young people are old hands online…"

Oh yes, have observed this first-hand, and tried to get this across in my book too: This is something that teaching staff on campus seldom realise, Professor Junco said. “If we keep in mind that not all students have the same level of skill and facility with new technologies, then we behave in ways as educators that help level the playing field,” he said. “One way this could play out is, if a student says…
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