What do young people think about the internet?
As many of you know we have been conducting a series of Kids' Colleges at the Museum for the past three years. The 2007 e-kids' college focussed on digital technologies, how young people use the web and how e-learning related to museums and young people. Around 24 students from schools across NSW attended the day and gave us a heap of feedback which we used in developing our new website.
One of the tasks we set them was to complete the sentence: Not being able to access the web is like not being able to ..., and here's some of what they said:
Walk, breathe, talk, eat, survive, socialise
Get access to water
Open a chest
Get an education
Access a whole new world
Go to school
Wear clothes and be fashionable
See the sun
Travel around the world, explore my inner self or broaden my horizon
Read a simple book
Interestingly, another study undertaken in the US, The Web Makes Me Feel, did a similar thing, being "... an insights project exploring how young people feel about the web and also the reasons behind the emotions." It's worth checking out.