ERIC Number: EJ913904
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 76
Young People's Internet Use: Divided or Diversified?
Boonaert, Tom; Vettenburg, Nicole
Childhood: A Global Journal of Child Research, v18 n1 p54-66 Feb 2011
This article critically analyses research on young people's internet use. Based on a literature analysis, it examines which young people do what on the internet. These results invite a reflection on the dominant discourse on the digital divide. Within this discourse, there is a strong focus on the use of the internet for information purposes only, a focus which is strongly influenced by the knowledge society. From a pedagogical perspective, the article makes a case for a wider view of this dominant use, since it endangers groups of young people who may already be on the margins of the digital divide.
Descriptors: Access to Computers, Internet, Use Studies, Mass Media Use, Literature Reviews, Access to Information, Individual Differences, Youth Problems, Youth Opportunities, Learning Processes, Social Networks, Criticism
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A