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Young People's Internet Use: Divided or Diversified?


Childhood: A Global Journal of Child Research Volume 18, Number 1, ISSN 0907-5682


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.


Boonaert, T. & Vettenburg, N. (2011). Young People's Internet Use: Divided or Diversified?. Childhood: A Global Journal of Child Research, 18(1), 54-66. Retrieved July 23, 2019 from .

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