Past Event

It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens

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Thu, Apr 17 2014 - 6:00pm

danah boyd, Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research; Research Assistant Professor in Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University; Fellow, Harvard's Berkman Center; Author, It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens

In conversation with Laura Sydell, Correspondent, National Public Radio

Youth culture and technology expert danah boyd will discuss her ground-breaking research regarding the major myths about how teens use social media and, in turn, the truths about identity, privacy, safety, danger and bullying. Ultimately, boyd argues that society fails young people when paternalism and protectionism hinder teenagers’ ability to become informed, thoughtful and engaged citizens through their online interactions. Yet despite an environment of rampant fear mongering, boyd finds that teens often find ways to engage and to develop a sense of identity. Join danah boyd for an engaging discussion on an important topic that she says is too often driven by hearsay instead of facts.