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DOI: 10.31921/doxacom
Issue number: 3, January-June 2005


Carmelo Garitaonandia Universidad del País Vasco Emilio Fernández Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona Jose Antonio Oleaga Universidad del País Vasco
Title Technologies of information and communication and their use by children and teenagers Summary This paper analyses the relationship between children and teenagers and Information and Communication Technology (ICT), which permits them to have access to new multimedia contents and provides them with the opportunity for interactivity, and for communication with each other. This technology is perfectly integrated in the lives of children and teenagers, and has no adverse effects on either their family or social relationships. In this study we have not observed cases of addiction or pathological behaviour in respect of youngsters’ use of ICT. Children and teenagers’ basic attitude to ICT is fundamentally one of play and entertainment; although whilst they recognise the “fun” aspect of the mobile telephone, its principal use is for communication, as may be seen from the fact that they give the greatest value to the sending of messages and making and receiving calls. Older children also use the computer and the Internet for school work and to obtain information, but even so they continue to use this technology for play or entertainment (to listen to music, for example), and to communicate with each other by e-mail or the instant message system. It is the strong association between play and entertainment and ICT which leads children and teenagers to principally consider this technology as a means of communication, and it is the exchange of experiences based on this use which gives it its true value between Journalism and Literature. The aim is not to answer the questions just mentioned, but, with the help of these authors, point out some issues we regard as necessary when trying to answer them. Keywords children, teenagers, technologies, comunication, information


doi: https://doi.org/10.31921/doxacom.n3a3


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