Primary School Children’s Internet Skills: A Report on Performance Tests of Operational, Formal, Information, and Strategic Internet Skills

Alexander Johannes Aloysius Maria van Deursen, Anke Görzig, Marianne van Delzen, Hanneke T.M. Perik, Anne Grace Stegeman

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The performance levels of fundamental (i.e., operational and formal) and advanced (i.e., information and strategic) Internet skills and their potential predictors were assessed among a sample of Dutch primary school children. The findings suggest that primary school children possess sufficient levels of fundamental but not advanced Internet skills and, hence, might not be able to make best use of important opportunities the Internet has to offer. Children employed very ineffective and inefficient search strategies and did not combine information to make beneficial decisions. Contrary to previous survey research findings, no performance differences among boys and girls were revealed when using actual performance tests. Training programs to support advanced Internet skills among primary school children should be considered.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages23
JournalInternational journal of communication
Publication statusPublished - 2014



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  • IR-91315

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