Flow Column: Snapchat, Privacy, & Discourse

We need to shift discourse away from discussing sexual and suggestive photos as inappropriate and abnormal, and rather focus on the inappropriate acts of sharing. This not only places blame back where it belongs – on those violating privacy – but also moves away from discourse that demonizes expressions of sexuality;

Creative Ways Teens Maintain Social Privacy with Social Media

I wrote an article for the Connected Learning Research Network’s blog. I’ve included an excerpt below. You can read the full article here. …I have found that social norms and a feeling of constant surveillance leave many teens feeling vulnerable with regard to social media use. Not only are teens concerned about adult and peer surveillance,…

Sexting – from norms to legality

Today’s topics: sexting. There has been a lot of recent news about sexting (sending lewd or sexual pictures via mobile devices). When sexting first entered into our vernacular it unsurprisingly incited panic from parents, schools, lawmakers, etc. There were of course the obvious reasons adults would be concerned about minors sending sexual images to each other, but…

Thoughts on female friendships (sorta)

Hey Ladies, accessorize with an Ugly Girlfriend! There’s been a lot of talk recently within psychology, education, parenting, sociology, health, pop culture, and academia about the “Mean Girl” syndrome. If you don’t know what I’m referring to, it’s the recent hype surrounding girls’ aggressive relational behaviors and strategies. While there’s a lot I could say…

Twittering the academic community

danah boyd Although I’ve never met her, I follow danah boyd‘s Twitter feed. Recently she asked her followers to send her questions we might have for the teens she was about to go interview. I sent her a question and was pleasantly surprised to see she answered it on her blog. Check it out here!…