Young People and Digital and Mobile Media
In this chapter, we learn more about how young people experience parental approaches to digital and mobile media. As they get older, young people increasingly desire respect and connection from their peers, and they seek these through self-expression that's enabled with digital and mobile media. Young people need to learn how much to reveal about themselves online in order to seem accessible, and how much to withhold so as not to come across as needy and insecure. They need to figure out how to reveal something of themselves so that others they care about will recognize and acknowledge them, while also discovering how much to rely on popular culture to define themselves; and, finally, they need to figure out how to present themselves as engaged in certain pursuits, like gaming or academics, without alienating themselves from peer cultures that do not offer support for such practices.
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