Online Communication Amongst Adolescents

posted 10 Feb 2011, 13:25 by Damian Wood   [ updated 13 Oct 2012, 11:07 ]
Young people are much more likely than adults to use  communication technologies and they use technology in different ways to adults. The internet provides a great range of educational and developmental possibilites for young people, however there are increasing concerns regarding the e-safety of young people. The review article by Valkenburg in the February 2011 edition of the Journal of Adolescent Health outlines an model of the why young peope are attracted to on-line communication, how they might benefit from on-line communication and the potental harms. The authors also consider both the appeal and the effects of on-line communciation via instant messaging and social networking on three aspects of psychosocial development (identity, intimacy and sexuality) and the key skills of  self-presentaton and self-disclosure required to achieve these developmental tasks. The authors outline how internet communication allows increased control of self-presentation (how you present yourself to others) and self-discloure (the things you say about yourself to others) owing to the anonymity, asychronicity and accessibility afforded by the internet. They summarise the available evidence of the opportunities and risks to adolescent psychosocial deelopment of on-line communication and suggest that the strategies used to tackle psychosocial communication problems in face-face communication can be employed to help young people deal with the opportunities and risks of  on-line communication.
 
Damian Wood
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