Internet use makes for more engaged citizens
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Here we go.
- Their interest in the Internet translates into engagement with civic and political issues.
- It is rare for individuals on the Internet to only be exposed to political perspectives with which they agree.
- Teaching new media literacies such as credibility assessment is essential for 21st century citizenship.
Mills College education professor Joe Kahne, the author of the study says that “both in the U.S. and abroad, so much civic and political life is online. We’ve got to pay attention to new media when we think about civic learning.”
- Youth and Participatory Politics interviewed 2500 kids and followed 400 of those for 3.5 years.
- We need smarter filtering in schools so that more voices can be heard by students.
- We need to engage kids in online communities, specifically ones that discuss civics and politics.
- We need to use tools that our kids are using – texting not email, Edmodo not wikis, news aggregators not newspapers, mobile devices not desktops.
- We need to increase digital literacy levels among our kids.
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