The Pew Internet and American Life Project has just published its findings of a 2012 survey about teenagers and their access to the internet. The information they have revealed is telling about just how pervasive the internet is to teenagers today. The findings demonstrate a steady increase of teenage online activity, with nearly 95% of American teens (those between the ages of 12-17%) reporting going online. Most teenager (nearly 3/4) access the internet via a mobile device (a Smart Phone or a Tablet). Nearly 93% of teenagers have access to a computer at home.
Even more interesting is Smart Phone access. Teenage ownership of Smartphones has jumped dramatically over the last two years. Teenagers in the lowest socio-economic demographics (household incomes below $30,000 a year) were just as likely as teenagers from affluent families to own smart phones. However, they were more likely to use it as their primary form of access to the internet.
Great and more mobile internet access for teenagers across the socio-economic spectra is striking and incredibly important for educators. Students are more active online than they have ever been. It is the reality of the world in which they live. If we are to keep our educational system relevant, it is important that we harness and invest in their realm.
To see the report in its entirety, visit the article: Madden, et. al. “Teens and Technology: 2013” Pew Internet & American Life Project