Young Canadians in a Wireless World, Phase IV

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This current phase of YCWW began in 2019, and the first findings from focus groups is presented in the report Talking to Youth and Parents about Online Resiliency. A quantitative survey is being conducted with 5,000 students in 2020. Phase IV also began with a name change to the project – from Young Canadians in a Wired World to Young Canadians in a Wireless World.

MediaSmarts conducted focus groups with youth ages 11 to 17 and their parents to better understand what is working for young people online and what needs to be changed or improved so that young people get the most out of their online experiences and their interactions with digital technology – both at home and in the classroom.

Young Canadians in a Wireless World (YCWW) is Canada’s longest-running and most comprehensive research study on young people’s attitudes, behaviours and opinions regarding the internet, technology and digital media. The study is currently in its fourth phase, and Life Online is the first in a series of reports that summarize the findings from the survey.  This first report – Life Online – provides a glimpse into the online lives of young Canadians and highlights findings related to device use, online activities, screen time, technology in the classroom, household rules, and how young people feel about unplugging and going offline occasionally.