Ybarra ML, Boyd D, Korchmaros JD, and Oppenheim JK
The Journal Of Adolescent Health: Official Publication Of The Society For Adolescent Medicine [J Adolesc Health] 2012 Jul; Vol. 51 (1), pp. 53-8. Date of Electronic Publication: 2012 Mar 21.
Adolescent, Child, Data Collection standards, Female, Humans, Male, Prevalence, Reproducibility of Results, United States, Bullying psychology, Crime Victims psychology, Internet, and Terminology as Topic
AGGRESSION (Psychology), SOCIAL media, ADOLESCENT psychology, and COMMUNICATION
Contemporary youth conflict often plays out through social media like Facebook and Twitter. ‘Drama’ is an emergent concept describing performative, interpersonal conflict that takes place in front of an active, engaged audience, often on social media. Using ethnographic data, this paper examines how American teenagers conceptualize the term drama; the relationship between drama and social media; and the implications drama has for understanding contemporary teenage conflict. The emic use of drama distances teens from practices conceptualized by adults as bullying or relational aggression, while acknowledging the role of the audience in social media interactions. Drama also serves to reinforce the conventional gendered norms of high school, perpetrating the systemic undervaluing of feminine subjects and re-inscribing heteronormativity. Understanding how drama operates helps illuminate how widespread use of social media among teenagers has altered dynamics of aggression and conflict. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
SOCIAL media research, TECHNOLOGY & youth, BULLYING, POLITICAL doctrines, and COMPUTER security
The widespread adoption of social media and other networked technologies by youth has prompted concerns about the safety issues they face when they go online, including the potential of being hurt by a stranger, being exposed to pornographic or violent content, and bullying or being bullied. These concerns often manifest as fears and anxieties in parents and can lead to pervasive moral panics. Eager to shield children from potential risks, parents-and lawmakers-often respond to online safety concerns by enacting restrictions with little consideration for the discrepancy between parental concern and actual harm. As this article shows, parental fears are not uniform across different population groups. Our findings demonstrate that, while concern may be correlated with experiencing online safety risks, parental concerns with respect to online safety issues also vary significantly by background-notably race and ethnicity, income, metropolitan status, and political ideology. As policies develop to empower parents, more consideration must be given to how differences in parental fears shape attitudes, practices, and norms. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]