9780262514750

Kids and Credibility

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  • ISBN13:

    9780262514750

  • ISBN10:

    0262514753

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-07-09
  • Publisher: Mit Pr
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Summary

How well do children navigate the ocean of information that is available online? The enormous variety of Web-based resources represents both opportunities and challenges for Internet-savvy kids, offering extraordinary potential for learning and social connection but little guidance on assessing the reliability of online information. This book reports on the first large-scale survey to examine children's online information-seeking strategies and their beliefs about the credibility of that information. This Web-based survey of 2,747 children, ages 11 to 18 (and their parents), confirms children's heavy reliance on the Internet. They are concerned about the credibility of online information, but 89 percent believe that "some" to "a lot" of it is believable; and, choosing among several options, they rate the Internet as the most believable information source for entertainment, commercial products, and schoolwork (more credible than books for papers or projects). Most have more faith in information found on Wikipedia than they say others should; and they consider an article on the Web site of Encyclopedia Britannica more believable than the identical article found on Wikipedia. Other findings show that children are appropriately skeptical of trusting strangers they meet online, but not skeptical enough about entertainment and health information found online. Older kids are more rigorous in their assessment of online information than younger ones; younger children are less analytical and more likely to be fooled.

Author Biography

Andrew J. Flanagin is Professor and Miriam J. Metzger is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of California, Santa Barbara. They are the coeditors of Digital Media, Youth, and Credibility (MIT Press, 2008), one of the inaugural volumes in the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Series on Digital Media and Learning.

Table of Contents

Series Forewordp. vii
Executive Summaryp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Rationale and Overviewp. 1
Research Approachp. 6
Overviewp. 6
Survey Methodologyp. 9
Sample Characteristicsp. 12
Research Findingsp. 15
Internet Usage among Youthp. 15
Perceived Trust and Credibility of Web-Based Informationp. 31
Factors Affecting Children's Credibility Evaluationsp. 57
Child/Parent Dyads and Credibility Assessmentsp. 73
Web Site Exposure and Evaluationp. 82
Conclusions and Implicationsp. 105
Summaryp. 105
Implications and Future Directionsp. 108
Conclusionp. 110
List of Tables and Figuresp. 115
Knowledge Networks Methodology and Panel Recruitmentp. 119
Notesp. 127
Referencesp. 131
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