Potential college students want unrestricted web access

New research suggests that young university hopefuls expect unrestricted access to the internet.

New research suggests that young university hopefuls expect unrestricted access to the internet.

Those hoping to go to university are "digital natives" who use social networking sites regularly and are quickly able to perceive the potential benefits and limitations of new technologies in their social and academic lives.

This is the picture painted by the results of research into the attitudes of 16- 18-year-olds who are hoping to go to university. Commissioned by ICT education body JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee), the survey looked at the attitudes of more than 500 young people.

The research found that use of the internet is the norm for these young people, with 76% having accessed the internet from their bedrooms and nearly two-thirds regularly using social networking sites.

In addition, 84% said they liked to keep up to date with new technology and use it as much as possible both for study and in free time.

Ron Cooke, chairman of JISC, said, "Young people clearly have very particular needs and expectations as far as ICT is concerned, and while there is a great deal for colleges and universities to absorb in this research, we hope it will help them plan more effectively to meet the needs of all our future learners."

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