Youth & Media


Youth and Media Project
The Berkman Center for Internet & Society has assembled all of its research on young people and technology—including new work on youth in developing countries—under a single project umbrella. It is called the “Youth and Media Project.”



“University Declares a Week Without Social Media”
Facebook, Twitter, instant messaging and all other forms of social media (except e-mail) will be blacked out on the Harrisburg University campus computers this week, as the school wants students to reflect on their technology habits. NPR’s Guy Raz (NF’09) speaks with the University’s Provost about the project.



“The Future of the First Amendment Study: What America's High School Students Think About Their Freedoms”
Among the findings was the fact that more than a third of the high school students surveyed think the First Amendment goes too far in the rights it guarantees.



“Responding to the FCC's Notice of Inquiry re: ‘Empowering Parents and Protecting Children in an Evolving Media Landscape’” (Downloadable PDF)
If you know of other resources on this topic, please contact us at nreditor@harvard.edu. A report by Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society focuses on three areas of concern and discusses potential policy responses.



“Reputation Management and Social Media”

The Pew Internet & American Life Project explored how adults and young people manage their online reputations, how they feel about privacy on the Web, and how they work to protect both.

“Pew Research Confirms That Youth Care About Their Reputation”

danah boyd provides a summary and more context to the Pew study, “Reputation Management and Social Media.”

“Social Media and Young Adults”
A Report by the Pew Internet & American Life Project about changes in the social media habits of teens and young adults.

“Teen and Young Adult Internet Use”
Two interactive graphs from the Pew Internet & American Life Project chart how much teens and young adults use the Internet.



“Young People and the News”

A report by Thomas Patterson at Harvard's Shorenstein Center about the news habits of young people.

“Fewer Young People Read News Online Than Their Parents”
A study by IBM's Media and Entertainment Group shows that online news consumption has dropped among young adults but has risen with older groups.

“The Technology of Journalism Improves, But Young People Still Ignore the News”
Young people lack interest in news, and journalism will need to overcome this problem in order to survive.



Children's Digital Media Center - Georgetown University
Children's Digital Media Center - UCLA
These two centers focus on how digital media influence children's development.



“Journalism Professor Asks Students to Unplug”
Heather LaMarre, an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota, asked her students to go five days without using technology created after 1984.

“Media Literacy 101: A Study to Help Moms Tell If Their College Student Loves Them”
A study, in which 200 college students unplugged from all media for 24 hours, found that technology has significantly changed young people's relationships with their friends and family.

“The Technology Fast Experiment Project - Gandhian Way”
Days felt longer and lonelier when a college journalism class in Delhi spent a week without digital technology. The professor blogs about the experience.

“Encouraging the Text Generation to Rediscover Its Voice”
Riverdale Country School students took two days off from texting, instant messaging, and chatting, as detailed in this New York Times story.



Growing Up Online
A "Frontline" documentary looks at how the Internet is transforming the experience of childhood.



“On Formspring, an E-Vite to Teenage Insults”
The New York Times's Tamar Lewin writes about a new social networking site called Formspring that allows people to share anonymous comments about each other.



“Prince George's bans student cellphone use during school day”
Prince George's County school board has banned the use of cell phones in all classrooms over concerns about safety and cheating. In addition, students can face punishment for posting pictures taken on school property to Facebook and MySpace.