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Teens’ Participatory Play: Digital Media Learning Through Civic Engagement., Benjamin W. Gleason Jan 2016

Teens’ Participatory Play: Digital Media Learning Through Civic Engagement., Benjamin W. Gleason

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While nearly 90 percent of adolescents have Internet access both inside and outside school,1 an emerging problem is the lack of opportunities for teens to become involved in digital media projects that support teenagers’ social, cultural, and political participation in the world. Even as some are troubled by the lack of young people’s involvement in traditional civic activities such as voting,2 others have seen civic engagement differently, drawing attention to teenagers’ interest in projects that are more personally meaningful, such as volunteering, activism, or consumerism.3 A new model of citizenship is taking shape in which young ...