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ERIC Number: ED627055
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2022-Apr
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Insights into Young People's Literacy, Critical Digital Literacy, Online Communication and Wellbeing: Summary Report. National Literacy Trust Research Report
Picton, Irene; Clark, Christina; Riad, Lara; Cole, Aimee
National Literacy Trust
Online environments are an integral part of the lives of many young people. Surveys indicate that almost half of 10 to 15-year-olds in England and Wales spend three or more hours online on a typical school day (Office for National Statistics [ONS], 2021). Concern about the negative impact of the digital world on young people has increased in recent years (see, e.g., Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport [DCMS], 2021; United Nations, 2021). A growing body of research explores aspects of young people's online lives and mental wellbeing (see, e.g., Kandola et al., 2021, Kelly et al., 2018, Orben & Przybylski, 2019). To date, however, fewer studies have examined the relationship between literacy and critical digital literacy engagement and wellbeing. This report presents findings from a survey exploring young people's attitudes and behaviours when navigating online environments. The survey's design was informed by a review of the literature, focus group discussions with young people, and interviews with academic and industry experts, and it reached 7,494 young people aged 11 to 16 in late 2021. Findings indicate that high literacy engagement is associated with better critical digital literacy attitudes and behaviours. In turn, compared with young people with low critical digital literacy engagement, nearly three times as many young people with high critical digital literacy had high mental wellbeing (11.6% vs 30.2%). Such findings suggest that young people with low literacy engagement are at risk of missing out in the digital age, and that supporting young people to develop confident, critical approaches to reading, writing and communicating both on and offline may have the potential to support wellbeing. This is likely to be of growing importance as the dependence on digital forms of communication increases. [For the full report, see ED627054.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: Sir Halley Stewart Trust (United Kingdom)
Authoring Institution: National Literacy Trust (United Kingdom)
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England); United Kingdom (Wales)
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