Youth and Digital Media: From Credibility to Information Quality

Description

Building upon a process- and context-oriented information quality framework, this paper seeks to map and explore what we know about the ways in which young users of age 18 and under search for information online, how they evaluate information, and how their related practices of content creation, levels of new literacies, general digital media usage, and social patterns affect these activities. A review of selected literature at the intersection of digital media, youth, and information quality — primarily works from library and information science, sociology, education, and selected ethnographic studies — reveals patterns in youth’s information-seeking behavior, but also highlights the importance of contextual and demographic factors both for search and evaluation. Looking at the phenomenon from an information-learning and educational perspective, the literature shows that youth develop competencies for personal goals that sometimes do not transfer to school, and are sometimes not appropriate for school. Thus far, educational initiatives to educate youth about search, evaluation, or creation have depended greatly on the local circumstances for their success or failure. 

Number of Pages in PDF File: 150

Keywords: young people, students, children, adolescents, teenagers, high school, middle school, elementary school, new media, Internet, ICT, Web, credibility, relevance, reliability, trust, truth, authority, veracity, information behavior, teaching, blogging, information-problem-solving, content creation

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Contact Information

Urs Gasser (Contact Author)
Harvard University – Berkman Center for Internet & Society ( email)

Harvard Law School, Baker House
1587 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

HOME PAGE: http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/people/ugasser.html

 
University of St. Gallen ( email)

Research Center for Information Law
Blumenbergplatz 9
CH-9000 St.Gallen
Switzerland

HOME PAGE: www.fir.unisg.ch

 
Sandra Clio Cortesi
Harvard University – Berkman Center for Internet & Society ( email)

Harvard Law School, Baker House
1587 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
 
Momin Malik
Harvard University – Berkman Center for Internet & Society ( email)

Harvard Law School, Baker House
1587 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
 
Ashley Lee
Harvard University – Berkman Center for Internet & Society ( email)

Harvard Law School, Baker House
1587 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
Creator/Author(s)
Urs Gasser, Sandra Clio Cortesi, Momin Malik, Ashley Lee
Publication Date
Friday, June 08, 2012

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