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Behind their screens : what teens are facing (and adults are missing) / Emily Weinstein and Carrie James.

Author/creator Weinstein, Emily author.
Other author/creatorJames, Carrie author.
Format Book and Print
Publication Info Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press, [2022]
Description229 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents Introduction: What are we missing? Why does it matter? -- Digital worries in context -- The pull of the screen -- Friendship dilemmas -- Small slights, big fights -- Nudes (and why teens sext when they know the risks) -- The political is (inter) personal -- and vice versa -- Digital footprints that (may) last a lifetime -- Conclusion: the digital agency argument.
Abstract "Presents a teen-level view of stresses and joys behind digital screens, including peer relationships, conflict, digital footprints, and civic life"-- Provided by publisher.
Abstract "What are teens actually doing on their smartphones? Contrary to many adults' assumptions, they are not simply "addicted" to their screens, oblivious to the afterlife of what they post, or missing out on personal connection. They are just trying to navigate a networked world. In Behind Their Screens, Emily Weinstein and Carrie James, Harvard researchers who are experts on teens and technology, explore the complexities that teens face in their digital lives, and suggest that many adult efforts to help--"Get off your phone!" "Just don't sext!"--fall short. Weinstein and James warn against a single-minded focus by adults on "screen time." Teens worry about dependence on their devices, but disconnecting means being out of the loop socially, with absence perceived as rudeness or even a failure to be there for a struggling friend. Drawing on a multiyear project that surveyed more than 3,500 teens, the authors explain that young people need empathy, not exasperated eye-rolling. Adults should understand the complicated nature of teens' online life rather than issue commands, and they should normalize--let teens know that their challenges are shared by others--without minimizing or dismissing. Along the way, Weinstein and James describe different kinds of sexting and explain such phenomena as watermarking nudes, comparison quicksand, digital pacifiers, and collecting receipts." --
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references (pages 193-220) and index.
LCCN 2021059165
ISBN9780262047357 paperback
ISBN0262047357 paperback

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