A New Look at Navigating Technology with Young People

The following post is part of a Fuller Youth Institute series on navigating digital media and social media with young people entitled Via Media. Follow the link below to continue reading Part One of this 4 part series.

Written by Art Bamford:

Would you believe that the percentages of young people who report sexting, feeling bullied or harassed on social media, and having seen explicit images online are all declining?

Or that a large percentage of young people have told researchers that some of their happiest memories of time spent with their families have centered around things like creating music playlists, online family Christmas cards, and digital scrapbooks?

Via Media is a Latin phrase that simply means “middle way.” So much of our talk about how digital technology is reshaping our world and impacting the lives of young people tends to skew towards the negative, and we’ve all participated in some of those types of conversations. But if there is one thing that top researchers in this field seem to agree on, as we will see, it is that things are not nearly as bad as they are made to seem.


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