Supporting Youth Participation Online

A podcast about living and learning in the age of screentime. Welcome to Episode 4 of Season Two: Supporting Youth Participation Online.

Moments from our lives: Kristen and Ian talk with Dr. Henry Jenkins about challenges and opportunities as youth engage and participate online.

Big questions: 

  • What is screentime?  How does screentime intersect with participatory culture?
  • Is all screentime created equal?
  • What are some of the benefits of digital technologies for youth?
  • What are some of the things parents should consider when deciding whether to allow their children to use screens?
  • How can parents talk to their children about both the positives and negatives associated with technology?  What are the most important conversations to have?

What we’re reading: 

Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture

Children’s privacy online: Experimenting with boundaries within and beyond the family

How to keep children safe online (without looking over their shoulders all day)


Henry Jenkins’ website

Publications of Henry Jenkins

Archive of Our Own

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About the author

Ian O'Byrne

Dr. W. Ian O’Byrne is a educator, researcher, & speaker. His work centers on teaching, learning, and technology. He investigates the literacy practices of individuals as they read, write, and communicate in online & hybrid spaces.

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