TEENS WHO GO ONLINE USE INTERNET MORE THAN LIBRARY
A new report suggests that the Internet has become an increasingly important learning tool for teenagers - both inside and outside the classroom.
Steve Jones, University of Illinois at Chicago communication professor and department head, was part of a team that collected and interpreted the findings of the report released by the Pew Internet & American Life Project.
"The Internet is a tool teenagers are using in and out of the classroom to further their education," said Jones, who is a senior research fellow at the Pew Internet Project. "They rely on it for information and schoolwork, and in many cases use it to communicate with teachers and classmates."
Asked about their most recent major school report, 71 percent of teenagers with Internet access said they relied on Internet sources the most in completing the project. That compares with 24 percent who said they relied on library sources the most.
The report found that 73 percent of middle-school and high-school students ages 12-17, or about 17 million youngsters, have Internet access. A survey of 754 respondents that age who have used the Internet found that:
A survey conducted simultaneously of the youth's parents found:
There is a darker side to the findings. About one fifth of teens who go online (18 percent) say they know of someone who has used the Internet to cheat on a paper or test.
"It is important that students learn to use the Internet wisely and not think of it merely as a crutch that will do their work for them," cautions Jones.
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