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Youth and Digital Media: From Credibility to Information Quality


Urs Gasser


Harvard University - Berkman Center for Internet & Society; University of St. Gallen

Sandra Cortesi


Harvard University - Berkman Center for Internet & Society

Momin Malik


Harvard University - Berkman Center for Internet & Society

Ashley Lee


Harvard University - Berkman Center for Internet & Society

February 16, 2012

Berkman Center Research Publication No. 2012-1

Abstract:     
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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Date posted: February 20, 2012  

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Gasser, Urs and Cortesi, Sandra and Malik, Momin and Lee, Ashley, Youth and Digital Media: From Credibility to Information Quality (February 16, 2012). Berkman Center Research Publication No. 2012-1. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2005272 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2005272

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Urs Gasser (Contact Author)
Harvard University - Berkman Center for Internet & Society ( email )
Harvard Law School
23 Everett, 2nd Floor
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
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CH-9000 St.Gallen
Switzerland
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Sandra Clio Cortesi
Harvard University - Berkman Center for Internet & Society ( email )
Harvard Law School
23 Everett, 2nd Floor
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
Momin Malik
Harvard University - Berkman Center for Internet & Society ( email )
Harvard Law School
23 Everett, 2nd Floor
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
Ashley Lee
Harvard University - Berkman Center for Internet & Society ( email )
Harvard Law School
23 Everett, 2nd Floor
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
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