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Digital Youth Research November 21, 2008

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kidHow Those Pesky Kids Use The Interwebs

The Digital Youth Project, an American, 22 case study, $3.3 million ethnographic study of what kids are doing online, has  published its results. The project is the largest and most comprehensive study of young peoples’ internet use ever undertaken in the US.

The conclusions are sane, compassionate, and compelling: in a nutshell, the “serious” stuff we all hope kids will do online (researching papers and so on) are only possible within a framework of “hanging out, messing around and geeking out.” That is to say, all the “time-wasting” social stuff kids do online are key to their explorations and education online.

Ito and her team establish a taxonomy of social activity, dividing it first into “peer-driven” and “interest-driven” — the former being what kids do with their real-world friends, the latter being the niche interests that drive them to locate other people who are as fascinated as they are by whatever brand of esoterica they fancy.

Within these two categories, the researchers break things down further into “hanging out” (undirected, social activities), “messing around” (tinkering with media, networks and technologies) and “geeking out” (delving deep into subjects based on global communities of interest) and for each one, they describe the successful and unsuccessful techniques deployed by parents and educators to direct kids’ activities.

See the report’s website here.

Download the 2-page summary [PDF]

Download the full report [PDF]

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Merchant Taylors’ Schools Open Mornings September 22, 2008

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Merchant Taylors’ Schools invite you to two open mornings taking place in October:

Stanfield Mixed Infants, Junior Girls and Senior Girls
Saturday 4th October 9:00 – 12:00noon

Senior and Junior Boys
Saturday 11th October 9:00 – 12:00noon

Come along to see why we are the North West’s leading independent day school for boys and girls aged 4 –18.

Extensive bus services available throughout the North West

A Level Results 2008
Boys 70% and Girls 78.8% A B grades

2008 GCSE Results
Boys and Girls 70% A* A grades

Stanfield 0151 924 1506

Senior Girls 0151 932 2414

Boys’ Schools 0151 949 9333

www.merchanttaylors.com

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Imagine… A Free Family Festival July 22, 2008

Posted by liverpoolchamber in 2008, Capital of Culture 2008, Culture, Events, Liverpool.
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Liverpool will make summer holiday blues a thing of the past this August, with ten days of boredom-busting activity for young people and families.

Between August 1 and 10, the Imagine… festival will bring a packed line-up of performance to the city’s streets, parks and public spaces, covering everything from samba to street theatre. And best of all, none of it will cost a penny.

Advance booking is required for some events and with demand expected to be high the Liverpool Culture Company is advising people to reserve their tickets early (more details below).

The festivities get off to a roaring start on August 1, with The Emperor and the Tiger at Newsham Park. This open-air production heralds the start of a weekend of carnival celebration, which continues on Saturday, August 2 with Brouhaha’s Liverpool International Carnival, followed by the World in Princes Park and Liverpool International Mela. And as the sun goes down the party steps up a gear with a Samba Parade featuring groups from across the UK, Ireland and Brazil who will bring their own captivating version of ‘the greatest show on earth’ to Liverpool city centre on Saturday night.

Between August 7 and 10, the focus turns to the area around William Brown Street where a host of attractions will cater for young people of all ages: On St George’s Plateau the spectacular Sensazione ‘Theatre of the Senses’ will offer visitors a theatrical experience with a difference – the specially created performing fairground uses audience interaction and movement rather than electricity to keep the rides going (pre-booking required). At World Museum Liverpool, young people aged 14 plus will be taken on a magical journey through the heart of a lost boy in an intimate theatrical production, Small Worlds – A Short Adventure for One.

Meanwhile, William Brown Street will be home to a giant film contraption, offering over 10s a range of cinematic treats from the past in Movieplex: World Cinema in a Nutshell. Even tiny tots can join in the fun, with Oogly Boogly in St John’s Gardens providing babies aged between 12 and 18 months a fun and interactive show in a safe, toy-free inflatable space (pre-booking required).

On Sunday, August 10, Imagine… reaches a spectacular finale with the annual Liverpool Children’s Festival, bringing noise, fun and laughter to William Brown Street between 11am and 4.30pm.

Other highlights between August 7 and 10 include a mini train ride along William Brown Street sponsored by Virgin Trains (until Saturday 9 August); storytelling in the cells of St George’s Hall; Wii Workshops in Liverpool Central Library; a 30ft inflatable Pig that houses special ten-minute shows; and the transformation of St John’s Gardens (behind St George’s Hall) into King Kazoo’s dream party, with games, workshops and performances on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 August.

Advance tickets for Oogly Boogly and Sensazione are now available at the 08 Place in Whitechapel. Free tickets can be collected in person at the 08 Place Box Office, Whitechapel, or by calling 0151 233 2457.