Mimi in her ergopod

I am so proud of my sister Mimi (and her colleagues like danah boyd) today. Her work funded by the MacArthur Foundation was released today and is getting a lot of coverage in the press. It's the result of a three-year study of the the way young people use digital technologies and media and provides rigor in an area that is cluttered with anecdotal and often misguided notions about what kids do and what's good for kids.

The New York Times


Teenagers' Internet Socializing Not a Bad Thing

Good news for worried parents: All those hours their teenagers spend socializing on the Internet are not a bad thing, according to a new study by the MacArthur Foundation.

"It may look as though kids are wasting a lot of time hanging out with new media, whether it's on MySpace or sending instant messages," said Mizuko Ito, lead researcher on the study, "Living and Learning With New Media." "But their participation is giving them the technological skills and literacy they need to succeed in the contemporary world. They're learning how to get along with others, how to manage a public identity, how to create a home page."

You can download the report from the project page. The report is CC licensed of course. ;-)

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Congrats Mimi. I've been waiting quite a while to take a closer look at yours and danah's and the rest of your group's work. It's really great. Loved also your presentations last spring at Stanford. Was a great event.

Thanks Mimi (and you too Joi) for teasing this out and helping spin it. It's been echoing loudly in my Google Reader this morning.

Watch http://weblogg-ed.com/2008/new-macarthur-study-must-read-for-educators/ for what will be one of the hot points in K12 educational technology "new media" circles. Will is a great colleague of mine and is somebody that Mimi should cross paths with (if she hasn't already).

While my "day job" is involved in the formal education side of this, it was Joi and We Know that helped me truly experience living in one of these social new media environments.

Thanks to both of you for the work you do.

Glad I was able to make it to your presentation at Japan Society.

Too bad I had to leave before having a chance to say hello.

To get back to your story, do you put 'World of Warcraft' in that category?

My kids are so into it there is sometimes competition for computer time.

They wondered if you still played the game.

Now following you on Twitter

Take care

Serge
'The French Guy from New Jersey'
http://www.sergetheconcierge.com

Aw, thanks! Great to see these connections building.

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