We strive to understand how adolescents and emerging adults identify and express themselves as well as the ways that practitioners and families can promote young people’s sense of self and agency. We are particularly interested in girls and underrepresented young people whose lives may not be extensively researched or understood. This research has been made possible with the support of the National Institutes for Health, Children and Screens: Institute of Digital Media & Child Development, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Connections program, the CDC, the Schott Foundation for Public Education, I Am Strong Foundation, and the Wellesley Centers for Women.
There is little research about the youngest users—tweens who are early adopters—and the risks and benefits that come from online engagement. We are building this scholarship to understand adolescent engagement with social media, the struggles and opportunities that families and schools encounter, implications for health and wellbeing, and adolescent’s own autonomy and agency.
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