In September we reported on a survey conducted by Alexandria, Va.-based National School Boards Association and they agree with findings of the Digital Youth Project from the MacArthur Foundation. This study suggests that "hanging out" on Facebook, MySpace, Friendfeed and other social networks isn't a waste for teens, after all.
Mizuko Ito, University of California, Irvine researcher and the report’s lead author has said: "We found that spending time online is essential for young people to pick up the social and technical skills they need to be competent citizens in the digital age.
...Kids denied access to new media, because their family can’t afford it or because their parents, school or library restrict their access or time on social networking sites, are likely to be short on skills that members of their generation are expected to possess", the researchers concluded.
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