Kids' Informal Learning with Digital Media

About Digital Youth

"Kids' Informal Learning with Digital Media: An Ethnographic Investigation of Innovative Knowledge Cultures" is a three-year collaborative project funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Carried out by researchers at the University of Southern California and University of California, Berkeley, the digital youth project explores how kids use digital media in their everyday lives. Read more

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Newspapers and Magazines

"Teenagers' Internet Socializing Not a Bad Thing" by Tamar Lewin in The New York Times. November 19, 2008

"Kids gain valuable skills from time online" by Verne Kopytoff in The San Francisco Chronicle. November 20, 2008

"Study suggests 'hanging out' on Facebook, MySpace isn't a waste for teens" by Joe Crawford in The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. November 20, 2008

"Online gaming helps, doesn't hinder" by Aleks Krotoski in The Guardian, UK.
November 27, 2008

"Teens' Internet use is mostly a good thing, study finds" by Corina Knoll in The Los Angelas Times. November 20, 2008

"UCI researcher shows time spent online is important for young people's development" in Media Newswire. November 25, 2008

"Report on Youth and New Media Pokes at Educational Institutions" by Lisa Guernsey in Chronicle of Higher Education. November 20, 2008

"Chill out, parents: Time online teaches kids important skills, study shows," by Sharon Noguchi in The San Jose Mercury News. November 20, 2008

"Online time 'is good for teens'" by Maggie Shiels in BBC News. November 21, 2008

"Real life found in youngsters' digitized universe" by Mackenzie Carpenter in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. November 20, 2008

"Internet good for kids, 3-year study concludes" by Corina Knoll in The Houston Chronicle. November 19, 2008

"Social networking benefits validated" by Karen Goldberg Goff in The Washington Times. January 28, 2009

"Fading away before our eyes: Tech-savvy girls with eating disorders are dying to be thin" by Molly Berman in California Magazine. March/April, 2008

"Harassment, predatory behavior spell trouble at River High: Doing sociological fieldwork, C.J. Pascoe infiltrated the macho, homophobic world of adolescent boys" by Wendy Edelstein in the Berkeleyan. August 29, 2007

"The MacArthur Foundation's Digital Drive" by Aili McConnon in Business Week. November 7, 2006

"Cellular Life in Japan: Q&A with Mizuko Ito" by Wade Roush Technology Review. November 9, 2005

"2005: Challenges and Opportunities: Q&A with Peter Lyman." in The San Francisco Examiner. November 3, 2005

Q&A: Anthropologist Mizuko Ito by Jennifer Kho in Red Herring.
October 28, 2005

"Extracurricular Learning: Media as a Medium in Education": Q&A with Mimi Ito by Jenn Shreve in Edutopia Magazine. October 5, 2005

"How Mobile Phones Conquered Japan: Review of Personal, Portable, Pedestrian" by Xeni Jardin in Wired News. August 19, 2005

"MacArthur Foundation awards $3.8 million in grants to explore how young people use digital media and its potential for improving learning." MacArthur Foundation press release.
May 2, 2005

“UC Berkeley-USC project to study digital kids.” UC Berkeley press release. April 4, 2005



"From MySpace to Hip Hop: New Media in the Everyday Lives of Youth." MacArthur Foundation Forum, Stanford University. April 23, 2008



"Teens need times online" on ABC News. December 10, 2008

"Study: Parents Should Embrace Digital Age" on ABC News, Denver. November 20, 2008

"Frontline: Growing Up Online." PBS documentary. January 22, 2008

MySpace commentary on Campbell Live. TV 3 (New Zealand). June 29, 2006

MySpace conversation on The Ethical Edge. MSNBC.
June 11, 2006

MySpace conversation on The O'Reilly Factor. FOX News. March 30, 2006


Radio and Podcasts

"Digital Youth" on NPR On Point. November 26, 2008

"Tuning in to New Media, an interview with Doug Thomas and Mizuko Ito " on Smart City Radio. October 12, 2006

"" on On Point. NPR (via WBUR). May 2, 2006

"Teens Create their Own Space Online" on Talk of the Nation. NPR. February 1, 2006

"Globally amplified youth online say blip!"by Jamillah Knowles on BBC Pods and Blogs. November 26, 2008

"MySpace" on Your Call. KALW 91.7. March 6, 2006



"'Hanging Out, Messing Around, Geeking Out': A Conversation with the Digital Youth Project (Part One)" by Henry Jenkins on Confessions of an Aca-Fan. November 21, 2008

"'Hanging Out, Messing Around, Geeking Out': A Conversation with the Digital Youth Project (Part Two)" by Henry Jenkins on Confessions of an Aca-Fan. November 24, 2008

"'Hanging Out, Messing Around, Geeking Out': A Conversation with the Digital Youth Project (Part Three)" by Henry Jenkins on Confessions of an Aca-Fan. November 26, 2008

"Study Recommends Online Gaming, Social Networking For Kids" by Soulskill on Slashdot. November 20, 2008

"Casual Internet Use is Good for Kids, 3 Year Study Concludes" by Marshall Kirkpatrick on Read Write Web. November 20, 2008

"Digital Youth Project Report, Book Released" by John Palfrey from Berkman Center at Harvard Law School. November 21, 2008

"Digital Youth Project: If you care about kids and want to understand how they use technology and why, this is a must-read" by Cory Doctorow on boingboing: a directory of wonderful things. November 20, 2008

"Hanging Out, Messing Around, Geeking Out - Digital Youth's Findings" by Rafi Santo on Global Kids' Digital Media Initiative. November 20, 2008

"Research Project: Digtial Youth Research" by Mark A.M. Kramer on SmartMobs. November 23, 2008

"Living and Learning with New Media" by Bob Harrison on Flux, hosted by FutureLab. December 4, 2008

"Living and Learning with New Media" by Derek Wenmouth on Derek's Blog. November 23, 2008

"Living & Learning With New Media" by Linda Braun on Young Adult Library Services Association. November 20, 2008

"Digital Youth Research: Living And Learning With New Media" by Anastasia Goodstein on YPulse. November 20, 2008

"Internet Addiction Debunked" by Cathy Davidson on Cat in the Stack at HASTAC. December 17, 2008

"Digital Youth Project: Summary (via Mimi Ito)" by Cathy Davidson on Cat in the Stack at HASTAC. November 20, 2008

"How Young People Educate Themselves...Digitally" on Center on Media and Child Health. December 11, 2008

"Dumbest and Dumber" by Liz Losh on Virtual Politik. January 5, 2009

"*Serious* informal learning: Key online youth study" by Anne Collier on November 20, 2008

"Reflections: Digital Youth Research" by MAMK on Personal Learning Journal. November 23, 2008

"Covering Obvious Conclusions" by Daniel Luzer on Media Channel. November 26, 2008

"The Digital Youth Project: Teen Socialization and the Internet" by R. Craig Lefebvre on Social Marketing and Social Change

"The Digital Youth Project: Kids and New Media (and Everything in Between" by Christine Huang on PSFK. November 20, 2008

"Living and Learning with New Media: Summary of Findings from the Digital Youth Project" on Commmunication Initiatve Network. December 7, 2008

"Digital Youth Project" by Mikalas Klumme on Mikalas Klumme - A researcher's blog. November 21, 2008

"Digital Youth Project Releases an Interesting New Report" on Mom-E-Centric. December 9, 2008

"Kids - The Internet is good for you" on Herd. November 20, 2008

"Tomorrow Belongs to Them" by Jeff Jarvis on Buzz Machine. December 22, 2008

"Digital Youth Research: Living and Learning with New Media" by Gordon Snyder on Gordon Snyder's ICT and Education Blog. December 3, 2008.s

"Living and learning with new media: a white paper" on en.europa-eu-audience. November 21, 2008

"Driven to Distraction: Notes on Young Adults Living and Learning with New Media" by Christopher Sessums in Eduspaces. December 16, 2008.

"New MacArthur Foundation Study on Youth and New Media" by Stephen Abram in Stephen's Lighthouse. November 20, 2008.

"Digital Youth Project" by RFM on We Study Media. November 25, 2008.

"US Teen Research: Teens are highly skilled with social aspects of the web, but miss opportunities to expand their personal interests" by Taly Weiss on Trendsspotting. November 23, 2008

"Teens 'n Tech, potpourri edition" by Jen Boggs on On our Minds at Scholastic. November 24, 2008

"New MacArthur Study: Must Read for Educators" on Weblogg-ed. November 20, 2008

"MacArthur Report: The Teens Are All Right, YOU'RE Falling Behind" by Maryn McKenna on Poynter Online. November 21, 2008.

"Interview with Patricia G. Lange" on Blau Exchange. May 25, 2007