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Title:Beyond access: youth and digital skills
Author:Oyedemi, Toks
Year:2014
Periodical:Communicatio: South African journal for communication theory and research (ISSN 1753-5379)
Volume:40
Issue:2
Pages:137-154
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:students
Internet
social media
information literacy
Link:https://doi.org/10.1080/02500167.2014.907191
Abstract:There is an increasing growth in access to the Internet among youth, gained largely through cell phones, computer laboratories on campuses, home connections, and connections on personal computers. Also, the availability of social software tools for webpage creation, blogging, and creating and sharing multimedia content has made content creation relatively accessible. But are the youth using these tools effectively? What are the levels of digital skills among this population? This study investigates digital skills among South African university students. Through a survey conducted at ten universities, and two skills experiments conducted at two universities, this study explores the pattern of perceived skills and actual skills, to examine current trends of digital skills among the students. The findings reveal that forms of Internet access, the cost of access, social stratification, and inequalities have implications for the patterns of digital skills, with content creation being a challenge for many youth. Bibliogr., note, sum. [Journal abstract]
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