A MacArthur Foundation funded longitudinal study focused on Internet use of high school students’ reveals that:
* For many youth, their interest in the Internet translates into engagement with civic and political issues.
* Contrary to popular belief, it is rare for individuals on the Internet to only be exposed to political perspectives with which they agree, but many youth are not exposed to political perspectives at all.
* Teaching new media literacies such as credibility assessment is essential for 21st century citizenship.
Yet another resource pointing to the fact that the time, effort and resources spent on filtering or censoring internet access in schools would be better spent on teaching youth how to effectively assess the information they come across.