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Friday Finds — Free PDF Download on Networked Teens March 21, 2014

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School librarian Patricia Sarles recently shared information on the AASL Forum about an itscomplicatedintriguing new resource for anyone working or living with teens – It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens by danah boyd.  Patricia writes, “danah boyd(she doesn’t capitalize her name) is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research and a Fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center, where she looks at how young people use social media as part of their everyday lives.”  Of particular note is the fact that boyd shares her 281-page work as a free PDF, downloadable at the following link:

http://www.danah.org/books/ItsComplicated.pdf

In her preface, boyd writes that her book is “my attempt to describe and explain the net­worked lives of teens to the people who worry about them—parents, teachers, policy makers, journalists, sometimes even other teens. It is the product of an eight-year effort to explore various aspects of teens’ engagement with social media and other networked technologies.”

Based on extensive interviews and observations of 166 teens living in the United States, boyd explores the topics of identify, privacy, addiction, danger, bullying, inequality, literacy, and searching for a personal public, each theme reflected through the lens of an intricately networked adolescent world.  Download danah boyd’s compelling and timely research (the price is right!), then share your comments with the readers of this blog.

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