In the News
- January 31st, 2012
This week, the New York Times discusses Twitter’s growing importance to teen tweeters, as well as a controversial new censorship announcement; and Business Insider and the Associated Press investigate the consequences of Twitter use going awry.
@#RT: A little bird told me
New “Language” Has Teens–and Critics—all A-Twitter
Twitter adoption among teens remains low in comparison to their use of social network sites as a whole. Yet, the number of teen Twitter users has doubled over the last two years; 16% of online teens used Twitter in Nov. 2011, up from 8% in late 2009 , and researchers suspect the number of teens tweeting is now even higher .
Within the 16% statistic lays some remarkable subcultures. Over a third of black teens use Twitter; 22% of young girls 12-13 years of age use the service – compared to only 2% of boys the same age; and 18% of lower income youth are on Twitter.
This marked increase in use, particularly by some demographics, makes understanding Twitter and the ethics around Twitter use key to student’s digital learning.
This week’s lesson focuses on Twitter, its use as a social media, and the responsibility students need to accept when using Twitter.