Msg to mum: don’t sweat the cyber stuff
Cyber-bullying, update-addiction, sexting – from the perspective of a parent raising a ”digital native” child, social media seems fraught with dangers. But new research suggests the risks inherent in social media use by younger generations might be overblown.
danah boyd, assistant research professor at Harvard and principal researcher for Microsoft Research – like k.d.lang, she prefers the lower case – has completed a large-scale study on how US teenagers use the internet in general, and social media in particular. Her book is called It’s Complicated, and is the result of in-depth interviews with scores of teens over an eight-year period.
Her findings are intriguing. The result has not been the social disaster many pundits claim to see.
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