Join us as we challenge and critique risk-focused media narratives while exploring the ways that young people use social media. Delivered by Media and Communications.
*** This is a hybrid event. ***
Teenagers’ use of internet, mobiles and social media has brought about moral panics and collective concerns about the potential harms posed by digital technologies. These panics encompass potential risks ranging from pornography, online predators, sexting, bullying and device addiction.
In this interactive lecture we challenge and critique risk-focused media narratives, noting that media panics have a longer history that precedes the internet. We explore the diverse ways that young people use social media for connection, self-expression, and identity construction, and ask: How can we ensure that young people can make the most of what social media has to offer? What are the various ethical issues that arise in online spaces? What does it mean to be a good digital citizen?
Why should I attend?
This lecture will provide a counter-narrative to the dominant narratives about young people’s use of digital media, recognising the agency of teenagers and the importance of digital media in their lives.a
Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions during the Live Q&A session.
*This is a hybrid event. Registration is essential for both online and in-person attendance. Onsite attendees must adhere to all COVID-19 safety requirements of the University and event venue. Anyone under 18 years old must be accompanied by parents, guardians, or school teachers.
- Onsite attendance – Lecture Theatre 1130, Abercrombie Building (H70), Darlington, University of Sydney .
- Online attendance – Webinar link will be included in the registration confirmation email. Please note, due to the venue capabilities, online audience’s access will be limited to shared slides and audio, and may not be able to see the presenters for the entire duration.
The webinar is part of the ARTiculate High School Talk Series, organised by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Sydney.