This report is drawn from a national survey of Canadian youth conducted by MediaSmarts in 2013. The classroom-based survey of 5,436 students in grades 4 through 11, in every province and territory, examined the role of networked technologies in young people’s lives. Life Online (the first in a series of reports from the survey) focuses on what youth are doing online, what sites they’re going to, their attitudes towards online safety, household rules on Internet use and unplugging from digital technologies.
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Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Life Online was made possible by financial contributions from the Canadian Internet Registration Authority, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada and The Alberta Teachers’ Association.
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About Young Canadians in a Wired World
Initiated in 2000 by MediaSmarts, Young Canadians in a Wired World (YCWW) is the most comprehensive and wide-ranging study of children’s and teens’ Internet use in Canada. Phase I and Phase II of this ongoing research project – which tracks and investigates the behaviours, attitudes and opinions of Canadian children and youth with respect to their use of the Internet – were conducted in 2001 and 2005. In 2011, MediaSmarts launched Phase III of the YCWW study with qualitative research comprising interviews with teachers from across Canada and focus groups with children and youth and parents, followed by a national classroom survey in 2013.
Young Canadians in a Wired World - Phase III
- Encountering Racist and Sexist Content Online
- Sexuality and Romantic Relationships in the Digital Age
- Experts or Amateurs? Gauging Young Canadians’ Digital Literacy Skills
- Cyberbullying: Dealing with Online Meanness, Cruelty and Threats
- Online Privacy, Online Publicity
- Life Online