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Understanding the World of Digital Youth 

Understanding the World of Digital Youth
Understanding the World of Digital Youth

Andrew J. Harris

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date: 13 June 2021

In the digital age, traditional modes of teen social engagement (e.g., friendship, dating, courtship, self-expression) are being continually reshaped and redefined through communication technology (Ito et al., 2010). Critically, young people’s engagement with communication technology has made their social interactions both increasingly public among their peers and increasingly insulated and private from parents and other adults. This emerging normative framework serves as a vital point of reference for practitioners and policymakers seeking to promote balanced and appropriate responses to technology-mediated sexual behavior and expression among youth. Drawing on emerging findings from the MacArthur Foundation’s Digital Youth Project, the Pew Foundation’s Internet and American Life Project, and the work of independent researchers, the chapter examines the current body of knowledge surrounding the forces that shape the learning, identity, and culture of digital youth. This, in turn, will provide a vital context for subsequent chapters’ exploration of specific online sexual behaviors, their social and developmental correlates, and related practice and policy responses.

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