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Report Sintesi Finalndia

Report Sintesi Finalndia

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Published by: Centro Studi Villa Montesca on Dec 17, 2008
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National ReportFinland
PATCH-WORLd – PArents and CHildren Working, ORganising and Learning together135285-LLP-1-2007-1-IT-KA3-KA3MPGrant Agreement 2007- 3620/001-001This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot beheld responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein
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General survey on the impact of the new technologies on family life inFinland1.General use of ICT in the family
62,7% Of the Finnish population use Internet. Internet is used at least once aweek by 75%.The use of Internet has spread to all areas of communication andis going to replace the time spent on using traditional media.Most popular online activities of Internet users in Finland - in the spring of 2006- (% of Internet users) were: e-mail 87%, finding information on products andservices 87%, Internet banking 81%, finding information regarding travellingand accommodation 68%, reading online magazines 60%.(Oksman Virpi: Children and teenagers' relationship with the new media andtechnology, 2000.)On the basis of the data given, young people use information technology mainlyat home as consumers just for entertaining purposes. No major differenceswere observed in the use of information technology between boys and girls butnetwork communication was mainly characteristic of girls whereas computergames interested the boys more. The home proved to be an important place forinformal learning about information technology, too. The study also analysedthe factors affecting the development of young people to becoming experts ininformation technology. Signs of digital generation gaps related to informationtechnology turned up between parents and children. The biggest inequalityamong young people was caused by the lack of broadband access in one out of five families, even today. The opportunity to use information technology outsidetheir homes, e.g. as an optional school subject, didn’t really compensate theopportunity to use information technology at home. (Lahtinen Hannu:Theyoung and information technology - the mutual relations and how to measurethem, 2007)
2.Family communication and relationships
The ways of communication in families have changed a lot during the past fewyears. In the family there are big differences as regards the need tocommunicate. Older kids are much more interested in their friends. It´s
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important for grandparents and parents to get closer to the kids by using newtechnologies. Kids would rather send messages than make a call to theirparents on their mobile phones. They don´t want their friends to notice thatthey called their parents.( Komu Tommi, 2004)Since the autumn of 2000 the Family Portal-project has explored ways toincrease communication and information sharing between family members, andhow to organize family activities with the help of new communicationtechnologies. As well, the project identifies and promotes the specific needs of family members, especially those associated with education, aging and gender.The Family Portal-project pursued these goals by gathering information aboutrecent changes in family communication and uses this information to develophuman-centred communication technologies for families. The Family Portal-project's multidisciplinary team combined psychology, communication andcomputer science researchers who work in close cooperation with Sonera(TeliaSonera Finland Oyj), a major Finnish telecommunications company.The first year of the project produced a report concerning the use of communication technology in the daily life of Finnish families. Fifty-sevenFinnish families were interviewed about their experiences and perceived needsregarding communication technology in family communication, includingpersonal computers, the Internet and mobile phones. While the participants ingeneral expressed positive experiences in using IT technology in familycommunication, the report indicated a strong interest in developing morefamily-oriented communication technologies. Mothers were particularlyconcerned about family issues and perspectives in the development of newtechnologies. The families in the survey represent a highly educated andmotivated group who enjoy access to a wide range of different communicationtechnologies. (Family portal –project by researcher Latvala Juha-Matti,University of Jyväskylä, 2004)The use of mobile communication devices is becoming increasingly commonamong children and teenagers throughout the world. This does not mean,however, that the development would lead to a universal communication culturefor children and teenagers: usage varies extensively depending on factors suchas the services and applications on offer and the traditional models of 
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