YouTube and Teens – Recommended Readings

As you can imagine the literature on YouTube and Young Adults was a bit scarce.  Without bombarding everyone with numbers – here are a few selections (they are all short!).  Stumbling blocks encountered when researching this topic:

  • YouTube is often included as one avenue to the whole social networking phenomenon
  • The definition of young adults or teen – something I’m struggling more and more with – what do I mean?  The Pew Internet group – a great resource for studies connected to Internet use – they survey the population and unfortunately only survey folks that are 18 years and older.  However – their definition of young adult are folks 18-29 years of age.  Very relevant information – I believe relevant to our demographic – but we need to keep in mind that the study was based on older folks.

Readings that I’d like to recommend:

Lenhart, M., Madden, M., Smith, A., and Macgill, A. (2007).  Teens and social media.  Pew Internet & American Life Project report available  at http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2007/Teens-and-Social-Media.aspx?r=1

OCLC (2007).  NextSpace – The OCLC Newsletter – Social networking encourages teen library usage at Denver public.  Available at  http://www.oclc.org/ca/en/nextspace/007/advocacy.htm. Look at the YouTube Video Contest – there’s a link that takes you to the first place winner video – unfortunately the runner-up video has been removed.

Nielsen (2009).  How teen use media – A Nielsen report on the myths and realities of teen media trends.  Available at http://blog.nielsen.com/nielsenwire/reports/nielsen_howteensusemedia_june09.pdf

Additional readings –

Educause (2006).  7 things you should know about…  YouTube.  Available athttp://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/ELI7018.pdf

Lenhart, Amanda and Madden, Mary (2007).  Teens, privacy and online social networks.  Pew Internet & American Life Project report available at http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2007/Teens-Privacy-and-Online-Social-Networks.aspx?r=1

Madden, Mary (2009). The audience for online video-sharing sites shoots up.  Pew Internet & American Life Project report available at  http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2009/13–The-Audience-for-Online-VideoSharing-Sites-Shoots-Up/1-Overview.aspx?r=1.

Wright, Adam (2007). Young Americans have fallen in love with streaming videos, thanks to YouTube and other video file sharing websites.  Available athttp://www.ipsosna.com/news/pressrelease.cfm?id=3424.

YALSA (2009).  Teens & social networking in school and public libraries:  A toolkit for librarians & library workers.  Available at http://www.ila.org/netsafe/SocialNetworkingToolkit.pdf

There are a number of YouTube videos you can watch as well – some of which I will be showcasing in class.

UPDATE – November 13, 2009

I’ve tried uploading my presentation with little success – so I’ll add the links to the YouTube videos I presented in class here…

Teens on YouTube – Miss Chievious’ original video which resulted in a number of reponses – both written and video.  I did not show this one in class – but I showed one of the view responses – which is linked below as well:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIiitoItN5M

Video response shown in class:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-I5kY1ZA80

Minigaston – my daughter’s friend – here is the link to his channel – the video I showed in class is called “Death Crickets” – there’s a new one called “Halloween” You’ve got to see it – hilarious!

http://www.youtube.com/user/minigaston

Education – the classic conditioning theory video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eo7jcI8fAuI

Music I won’t include this link since there are sooo many out there 🙂

Library videos:

LPP:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9RSdRVDQ1A

Denver Public LIbrary:

http://teens.denverlibrary.org/media/youtube.html

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