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New Study Shows Time Spent Online Important for Teen Development For more information Download a two-page overview of the study (PDF) Download the 30-page white paper (PDF) Read the full study on the Digital Youth Project’s website MacArthur’s digital media & learning website Spotlight blog for digital media & learning Major New Study Shatters Stereotypes About Teens and Video Games Dr. Mizuko Ito discusses why time spent online is important for teen development November 20, 2008 Digital Media & Learning , Press Releases (San Francisco, CA) — Results from the most extensive U.S. study on teens and their use of digital media show that America’s youth are developing important social and technical skills online – often in ways adults do not understand or value. “It might surprise parents to learn that it is not a waste of time for their teens to hang out online,” said Mizuko Ito, University of California, Irvine researcher and the report’s lead author. “There are myths about kids spending time online – that it is dangerous or making them lazy. But we found that spending time online is essential for young people to pick up the social and technical skills they need to be competent citizens in the digital age.” Released here today at the American Anthropological Association’s annual meeting, the study was supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s $50- million digital media and learning initiative, which is exploring how digital media are changing how young people learn, play, socialize, and participate in civic life.
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