Monday, November 24, 2008

Digital Youth Project: Final Report

Over three years, University of California, Irvine researcher and her research team interviewed over 800 youth and young adults and conducted over 5000 hours of online observations as part of the most extensive U.S. study of youth digital media use to date.

They found that social network sites, online games, video-sharing sites, and gadgets such as iPods and mobile phones are now fixtures of youth culture. The research finds today’s youth may be coming of age and struggling for autonomy and identity amid new worlds for communication, friendship, play, and self-expression.

Many adults worry that children are wasting time online, texting, or playing video games. The researchers explain why youth find these activities compelling and important. The digital world is creating new opportunities for youth to grapple with social norms, explore interests, develop technical skills, and experiment with new forms of self-expression. These activities have captured teens’ attention because they provide avenues for extending social worlds, self-directed learning, and independence.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Christmas Shopping

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Friday, November 14, 2008

Obama win stirs hope in tough South Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Former gang member Herbert Brown had few positive choices as a young black man growing up in the tough streets of South Central Los Angeles.
"You could be a football player, a basketball player, a Crip or a Blood, though maybe that's changed," he said, holding up a T-shirt emblazoned with an image of President-elect Barack Obama at his store.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Warner Bros Getting to know you


New charter school

A major expansion of the Charter School Program was given a boost today when a new $2.1 million contract to get 2000 College Grads from South LA by 2020. The question as always with Charter Schools is as well as increasing the proportion of local young people graduating from College will it also help the percentages completing high school, or improve the literacy rate?

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Adams Matching Bingo

Thursday, November 6, 2008

LA for the Canadians

Sometimes living in the thick of things we forget what is going all around us, and sometimes its only by looking at the opinions of those elsewhere do we get a timely reminder..

Political outcomes

One of the many problems that we face in the light of the last few days is to figure out what the implications of the many props are. The LA Times looks at what the implications of one of the Props was on transport and some of the new challenges it provides for the people of South LA.

HBO Human Bingo