This paper aims at understanding the perception of secondary school students, about possibilities and problems from Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) use, taking into account their out-of-school experience. The article consists in a qualitative study, through the in-depth interview technique. Participants were twenty adolescents in the second level of Secondary School, from Aragón, belonging to both private and state schools. The findings show a kind of use mainly instrumental, focused on peer groups, with a communicative purpose, centered in mobile phone. They appreciate ICT as an information source for schoolwork; and, of course, for entertainment. Regarding daily drawbacks, wasting their time is the most referred, along with an excessive dependence and insecurity. In conclusion, not only that ambivalence, between a general positive view and their conscience and necessity of a moderate and responsible way of using, recovers the role of guidance from family and school, but also reinforces it in order to a meaningful learning of ICT.
Plaza de la Hoz, J. (2018). Ventajas y desventajas del uso adolescente de las TIC: Visión de los estudiantes. Revista Complutense de Educacion, 29(2), 491–508. https://doi.org/10.5209/RCED.53428