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Young people's internet use: divided or diversified?

Tom Boonaert (UGent) and Nicole Vettenburg (UGent)
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This article critically analyses research on young people's internet use. Based on a literature analysis, it examines which young people do what on the internet. These results invite a reflection on the dominant discourse on the digital divide. Within this discourse, there is a strong focus on the use of the internet for information purposes only, a focus which is strongly influenced by the knowledge society. From a pedagogical perspective, the article makes a case for a wider view of this dominant use, since it endangers groups of young people who may already be on the margins of the digital divide.
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diversity, digital divide, inclusion/exclusion, internet, youth research, DIGITAL DIVIDE, HIGHER-EDUCATION, SOCIAL SUPPORT, VIDEO GAMES, MEDIA USE, ONLINE, CHILDREN, COMPUTER, YOUTH, WORK

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Boonaert, Tom, and Nicole Vettenburg. 2011. “Young People’s Internet Use: Divided or Diversified?” Childhood-a Global Journal of Child Research 18 (1): 54–66.
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Boonaert, T., & Vettenburg, N. (2011). Young people’s internet use: divided or diversified? CHILDHOOD-A GLOBAL JOURNAL OF CHILD RESEARCH, 18(1), 54–66.
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Boonaert T, Vettenburg N. Young people’s internet use: divided or diversified? CHILDHOOD-A GLOBAL JOURNAL OF CHILD RESEARCH. 2011;18(1):54–66.
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Boonaert, Tom, and Nicole Vettenburg. “Young People’s Internet Use: Divided or Diversified?” CHILDHOOD-A GLOBAL JOURNAL OF CHILD RESEARCH 18.1 (2011): 54–66. Print.
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  abstract     = {This article critically analyses research on young people's internet use. Based on a literature analysis, it examines which young people do what on the internet. These results invite a reflection on the dominant discourse on the digital divide. Within this discourse, there is a strong focus on the use of the internet for information purposes only, a focus which is strongly influenced by the knowledge society. From a pedagogical perspective, the article makes a case for a wider view of this dominant use, since it endangers groups of young people who may already be on the margins of the digital divide.},
  author       = {Boonaert, Tom and Vettenburg, Nicole},
  issn         = {0907-5682},
  journal      = {CHILDHOOD-A GLOBAL JOURNAL OF CHILD RESEARCH},
  keyword      = {diversity,digital divide,inclusion/exclusion,internet,youth research,DIGITAL DIVIDE,HIGHER-EDUCATION,SOCIAL SUPPORT,VIDEO GAMES,MEDIA USE,ONLINE,CHILDREN,COMPUTER,YOUTH,WORK},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {54--66},
  title        = {Young people's internet use: divided or diversified?},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0907568210367524},
  volume       = {18},
  year         = {2011},
}

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