Stats: Girl vs Boy
A thoughtful New York Times piece looks at the social Web’s young innovators and reports that “the cyberpioneers of the moment are digitally effusive teenage girls,” referring to the Pew/Internet findings that they’re the biggest creators of Web graphics, blogs, photos, profile pages, and sites (35% of girls 12-17 have blogs vs. 20% of boys; 32% of girls have Web pages vs. 22% of boys; and 70% of girls 15-17 have social-site profiles vs. 57% of boys 15-17).
There’s more to that stat information, so cruise on over to NFN. Their ConnectSafety forum is one of the best, most frightening and highly educational bulletin boards I’ve seen. It’s many times VERY pure, blunt conversations regarding safety online & so on (the IMVU stuff freaks me out). Must read for anyone “toying” with the idea of working online with the U18 demographic. Fears and cheers, my friends, fears and cheers.
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