Internet Usage: Facts and News
99 per cent of Canadian students have used the Internet
48 per cent of Canadian students use it for a least an hour
a day 1
nearly 60 per cent of Canadian students use chat rooms and
instant messaging 1
- Canadians have the highest or near-highest in the world in penetration and
use of the telephone, cable, TV, computers in the home, and Internet access,
especially high-speed Internet access. 1
- "By the year 2005, two billion people will be continuously connected
to a powerful global network of satellites and fiber optic cables." (-Innovation
Nation, page x.).
- This is the "Always On" generation (*74% of connected young people
use instant messaging several times a week. -Pew Report ).
- 1.2 billion instant messages were sent over the AOL network alone on September
11th, 2001 (*AOL President of advanced services, Ted Leonis.)
- By 2005 the annual number of text and visual messages sent over the Internet
is expected to reach 1.2 trillion.
- In 2002, cell phone users passed the one billion user mark, this is the
fastest 10 year penetration of any product in commercial history.
- China alone is adding five million new cell phone users per month.
- By 2005, most cell phones will come standard with Internet access and a
variety of Internet service options.
- A 2002 British survey found that one in four youth, aged 11 to 19 has been
threatened via their computers or cell phones, including death threats. NCH
-National Children's Home (UK)
Related Articles, News and Research (Sorted according
to date, most recent at the top Some links may be broken):
by a Cyberbully -Cellphones and the Net are kids' social lifelines,
they can also be their social death by Michael Snider with Kathryn Borel,
Maclean's Magazine, May 24, 2004
'Moblogs' Mean Mo' Money? last modified: April 1, 2004, By Paul Festa
Staff Writer, CNET News.com. One downside of these new camera phones is the
privacy invasion they can represent (with schools and sports clubs worldwide
developing anti-picture-phone policies to protect kids).
Face Camera Phone Ban -Mobile camera phones are being banned
at all secondary and primary schools in the West Lothian area.-BBC News Tuesday,
2 March, 2004
Bullying With the click of a key, bullies are humiliating their peers.
What are schools doing to tame this behavior? by Amanda Paulson of The Christian
Science Monitor, December 30, 2003
Shuts Down its Chatrooms -Microsoft's internet service MSN is to cut
back drastically its chatroom services because of concerns about child safety,
it said. -BBC, Wednesday, 24 September, 2003
Given Mobiles -BBC August 11, 2004 Hundreds of thousands of young
children are being given mobile phones by their parents - against official
'Prefer Texting to Calls' -Text messages have superseded phone calls
as the most common use for a mobile phone among young people, a new survey
reveals. BBC News World Edition, June 13, 2002
Love Texting (true) -American mobile phone users are beginning to
take to SMS, but IM may be the future for wireless messaging in the US. -by
electricnews.net Posted: May 30, /2003 at 13:06 GMT
Target Girl -Bullies targeting a 15-year-old schoolgirl set up a website
devoted to their victim. -BBC May 24, 2003
Gotta Have It: Cell Phone -Being part of the "in" crowd
for teens used to mean hanging out where the cool kids were -- the mall, the
house party, the rave. Now all they have to do is be within cell-phone range.
-by Elisa Batista, Wired News, May 16, 2003
Phones Seen as 'Essential' -The ties that bind us to family and friends
are increasingly being tightened and tested with the help of a handset. -BBC
May 12, 2003
Bullying On the Rise -One in six workers in the UK has been bullied
via e-mail, according to a new study. -BBC News March 31, 2003
Game Serious in Canada -a legal decision re. An e-mailer who was alleged
to have defamed George Irwin, the president of Irwin Toys Ltd., Canada's largest
toy manufacturer. Wired, September 2000
Do Teenagers Love to Text-Message?", a 2001 study from Xerox
PARC USA and Xerox Research Centre Europe, Cambridge, UK, by Rebecca E. Grinter
and Margery A. Eldridge. This study shows how texting fits into teens' social
lives, why they love it, and the problems they encounter with this form of