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MySpace, Facebook, and youth: What do social network sites have to offer youth development?

Dr. Christine Greenhow

Feb., 2009

Millions of youth spend time everyday learning, communicating and connecting in online social network sites such as MySpace or Facebook. Despite the media's mostly negative portrayal of youth activities in these spaces, social network sites can have positive and educational benefits. However, much of the research on this topic is still emerging or has taken place in fields other than education.

This 90-minute video presentation focuses on emerging research that looks in-depth at youth activities, perceptions, and experiences in online social network sites and considers their implications for the field of youth development/youth education. Emphasis is placed on youth activities and relationships in these online spaces.

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