ERIC Number: ED494370
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Evaluating Information Quality: Hidden Biases on the Children's Web Pages
As global digital communication continues to flourish, the Children's Web pages become more critical for children to realize not only the surface but also breadth and deeper meanings in presenting these milieus. These pages not only are very diverse and complex but also enable intense communication across social, cultural and political restrictions while educating and entertaining. Hidden biases associated with hate, stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination on these Children's Web pages, furthermore, can be delivered by several hate groups, who specifically target young children. They know that hateful messages placed at an early age can profoundly influence and affect young minds. Due to representing the personality of the providers/designers, the main purpose of this paper is to evaluate the social, cultural and political forces determining information quality and the rich array of Web sites being delivered for children. Especially, this paper, painted a more realistic and accurate portrait of biases in online world, is to learn how to better promote the most important of diverse backgrounds, ethnocentrism and antiracist equity in the children's Web pages by increasing emphasis on cultural multiculturalism. This is a quantitative study, which utilizes both quantitative and qualitative data. This study was conducted completely online in 2005-2006 school year and there were 219 participants (126 women and 93 men) from the world. The participants were open and distance communication workers (such as online administrators, communication designers, content providers, parents, tutors, mentors, stakeholders etc.). Data were collected from a five-point Likert scale including 60 items, five open-ended questions, and semi-constructed online interviews lasted nearly 30 minutes. After analyzing the collected data, the researcher provides teachers, educators, parents and online communication designers with a quality information checklist for evaluating and especially identifying hidden biases on the children's Web pages.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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