Kids flock to online publishing

Today’s teens are enthusiastic creators of Internet content, according to a survey by the Pew Internet and American Life Project. Of Americans between 12 and 17 years old, 87 percent use the Internet, and of those who use the Internet, 57 percent have created online content.

That creation takes a variety of forms:

For the most part, these teens aren’t reading the big blogs such as Powerlines or the Daily Kaus. Instead, they’re reading in networks of blogs created by friends and family members. For teens, “blogs are about self-expression, building relationships, and carving out a presence online,” said Amanda Lenhart, co-author of the Pew report.

The broadband explosion which will likely follow the freeing up of broadcast spectrum to make room for digital television should accelerate and amplify current trends. As podcasting, which is already being followed by video podcasting, increases the power of individuals to create original content, it will become increasingly clear that the challenge for parents and teachers is not so much getting young people to use the new tools for personal creativity, but to guide them into using them for good purposes.

Kids are going to need wise guidance. If they receive it, we may be on the verge of a cultural renaissance.

Posted by Michael L Umphrey on 11/03 at 03:22 PM

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