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ERIC Number: EJ971343
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-May
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0907-5682
Children and Digital Diversity: From "Unguided Rookies" to "Self-Reliant Cybernauts"
de Almeida, Ana Nunes; Alves, Nuno de Almeida; Delicado, Ana; Carvalho, Tiago
Childhood: A Global Journal of Child Research, v19 n2 p219-234 May 2012
This article discusses the heterogeneity in children's appropriation and use of the internet that make up contemporary digital divides. Based on a survey of Portuguese children in mandatory education (8- to 17-year-olds), it relies on multivariate statistical procedures to build a topological mapping of internet use patterns. Variations in digital practices and parental mediation are analysed in relation to social backgrounds and demographic traits. Four clusters of users were thus identified: "self-reliant cybernauts", "nurtured cybernauts", "nurtured beginners," and "unguided rookies". This article aims to contribute to deepening the debate on digital divides and digital diversity within the sociology of childhood. (Contains 1 figure, 4 tables, and 15 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 4; Grade 6; Grade 9; High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Portugal