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Young people, online networks and social inclusion

Notley, Tanya M. (2009) Young people, online networks and social inclusion. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 14(4), pp. 1208-1227.

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Abstract

This paper examines the ways nine teenage Australians—identified as being 'at risk' of social exclusion—are using online networks to participate in society. The research finds that online networks provided the participants with valuable opportunities for social inclusion. These findings are contextualized in relation to current Australian Government education and social policies which, on the one hand aspire to support young people’s social inclusion, and on the other restrict their ability to use online networks in public and private spaces because of safety and health concerns. This study contends that by defining and understanding the social value of young people’s online network use we can move toward a policy framework that not only addresses potential online risks, but also supports equitable digital inclusion for young people.

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ID Code: 17278
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: internet, young people, digital inclusion, online networks, social policy
DOI: 10.1111/j.1083-6101.2009.01487.x
ISSN: 1083-6101
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500) > Communications and Media Policy (160503)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies (200102)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 International Communication Association
Copyright Statement: The definitive version is available at www3.interscience.wiley.com
Deposited On: 03 Feb 2009 07:34
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2013 12:42

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