Friday Finds — Free PDF Download on Networked Teens March 21, 2014Posted by Susi Grissom in Check this out!.
Tags: Friday Finds, social media, teens
SchoolÂ librarian Patricia Sarles recently shared information on the AASL Forum about an intriguing new resource for anyone workingÂ or living with teens â€“ Itâ€™s Complicated: The Social Lives ofÂ Networked Teens by danah boyd.Â Patricia writes, “danah boyd(she doesnâ€™t capitalize her name) is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research and a Fellow at Harvardâ€™s Berkman Center, where she looks at how young people use social media as part of their everyday lives.â€Â Of particular note is the fact that boyd shares her 281-page work as a free PDF, downloadable at the following link:
In her preface, boyd writes that her book is â€œmy attempt to describe and explain the netÂworked lives of teens to the people who worry about themâ€”parents, teachers, policy makers, journalists, sometimes even other teens. It is the product of an eight-year effort to explore various aspects of teensâ€™ engagement with social media and other networked technologies.â€
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. Â Download danah boyd’s compelling and timely research (the price is right!), then share your comments with the readers of this blog.