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Mathieu Plourde

Digital Natives, Yet Strangers to the Web - 0 views

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    "it falsely assumes that today's students intrinsically understand the nuanced ways in which technologies shape the human experience-how they influence an individual's identity, for example, or how they advance and stymie social progress-as well as the means by which information spreads thanks to phenomena such as algorithms and advertising."
Mathieu Plourde

A Teenager's View on Social Media - 0 views

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    "I think the best way to approach this would be to break it down by social media network and the observations/viewpoints I've gathered over the years."
Mathieu Plourde

Understanding Facebook's Lost Generation of Teens - 0 views

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    ""I mean, man, it's like not real life. Not. Real. Life. Why would you be on there when there's this," he gestured, with his chin, to everything around him, the bottleneck of teens, grouping off, chattering. Then he looked over at a small pack of guys dressed a little like him, ambling towards us. "Those are my boys," he said, then offered me his hand to shake. "Hope this helps," he said, adding, at the last moment, "Obviously, like, Facebook is not cool.""
Mathieu Plourde

Rule #1: Do no harm. - 0 views

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    "On Sunday, a salacious article flew across numerous news channels. In print, it was given titles like "Teenagers can no longer tell the real world from the internet, study claims" (Daily Mail) and "Real world v online world: teens do not distinguish" (The Telegraph). This claim can't even pass the basic sniff test, but it was picked up by news programs and reproduced on blogs."
Mathieu Plourde

Snap Out of It: Kids Aren't Reliable Tech Predictors - WSJ.com - 0 views

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    "If you think about it for a second, the fact that young people aren't especially reliable predictors of tech trends shouldn't come as a surprise. Sure, youth is associated with cultural flexibility, a willingness to try new things that isn't necessarily present in older folk. But there are other, less salutary hallmarks of youth, including capriciousness, immaturity, and a deference to peer pressure even at the cost of common sense. This is why high school is such fertile ground for fads. And it's why, in other cultural areas, we don't put much stock in teens' choices. No one who's older than 18, for instance, believes One Direction is the future of music."
Mathieu Plourde

On Facebook, a growing teenage wasteland - 0 views

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    "Teens are cooling on Facebook, a trend suggested by recent research and acknowledged, this week by Facebook itself. The shift was confirmed time and time again in e-mail and phone interviews with dozens of teens and their parents in CNN's reporting of this story. While the social-networking juggernaut continues to chug along among adults, boasting more than 1 billion active users, younger users are flocking to newer, and arguably hipper, networking tools."
Mathieu Plourde

Girl performs oral sex on boy in field. Photo goes viral. She's a 'slut'. Boy's a 'hero... - 0 views

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    If social media sites target teenagers to join in the first place, why should they not be held accountable when they are used as vehicles for malice, asks Charlotte Lytton.
Mathieu Plourde

Google And Maker Faire Beat The Classroom With Virtual Science Camp For Teens - 0 views

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    Science class is about to look a lot more boring. One million kids logged on to Maker Camp last summer, so today Google and Maker Faire announced the second year of its online summer camp that teaches teens to build, hack and explore. The six-week program on Google+ includes virtual field trips to NASA, CERN, and Disney Imagineering plus making tensile strength towers, glowing candy, and potato canons.
Mathieu Plourde

The Digital Lives of Teens: Mobile is Now - 0 views

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    For teens, the phone is the social device. One teen shared, "I use my phone for all of my social networking. I don't use a computer or an iPad for that." Since the go-to spot for mobile social is the phone, not the tablet, this might be encouraging news for schools incorporating tablets into the learning environment.
Mathieu Plourde

Parenting children's social media use in the digital family | UMSI Monthly - 0 views

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    "Youth move between sites quickly. For example, Instagram is a current favorite among youth. Instagram is a photo-sharing site where users can post photos, "like" other people's photos and share them. Snapchat is also popular. This is a mobile service where users can take a photo, send it to someone else, and schedule it to delete within a few seconds. What is important to remember is that both are just services, and they share the same properties as many of their popular predecessors (such as MySpace, Facebook, and Chatroulette). There will always be new services that children move in and out of fluidly. Given the choice between trying to block children from a site and teaching them how to use it maturely, my hope is that parents do the latter. Especially as children are joining new services at increasingly young ages, how they use it becomes as important as what they use."
Mathieu Plourde

Teenagers and Abstract Thinking: Unclear on the Concept? - 0 views

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    "The frustrations teenagers experience with school are more a case of statistics and lack of experience than that of work ethic or "attitude" problems. These statistics are not tied to socioeconomic status, weight or time spent in a seat; they're genetic and experiential. We have a bell curve of abstraction and experience, and we're only beginning to think about how to honor that."
Mathieu Plourde

Bald Beliebers Remind Us: Just Because You Read It On Twitter, Doesn't Mean It's True - 0 views

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    Unfortunately now, there are likely dozens of bald tweenage girls crying in their bathrooms. And it's perhaps even more insane that most members of the Bieber nation still believe that Justin has cancer, and are pouring sympathy, condolences, and heartfelt love into the #baldforbeiber hashtag, despite the fact that the other half of that Twitter conversation is lawling over the hoax.
Mathieu Plourde

Do Young People Care About Privacy? - 0 views

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    They don't see privacy as simply keeping secrets. They understand privacy as controlling information flow. It is rare these days to be able to hide information from absolutely everyone. There are too many technologies that capture images and information. Instead, people control who sees their information. They set their social media profiles to allow certain people to have access but others not to have access. They allow some companies to have their data but do not want others to access it or want it used in some ways but not others. Privacy isn't all-or-nothing - it's about modulating boundaries and controlling data.
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