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Beyond panics towards connection, ethics and digital citizenship
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?

Reasons to attend:
This interactive webinar 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.
Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions during the Live Q&A session.

The following reading provides a good overview of some of the issues:
- boyd, d (2014). It’s complicated: The social lives of networked teens. Introduction. Pp. 1 – 28. Yale University Press.

These additional readings provide some additional context:
- Lumby, C., Albury, K., McKee, A (2019). Modern Love: Young people, sex, relationships and social media. In, Gleeson, K., Lumby, C (Eds). The Age of Consent Young People, Sexual Abuse and Agency. UWA.

Oct 19, 2022 11:30 AM in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

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Speakers

Professor Catharine Lumby
Professor and Chair, Department of Media and Communications @School of Literature Art and Media, The University of Sydney
Professor Catharine Lumby is a Professor of Media at the University of Sydney and former foundation Director of the Journalism and Media Research Centre at UNSW and foundation Chair of the Media and Communications Department at the University of Sydney. She has been the recipient of ten ARC grants and has conducted large research projects for organisations as diverse as Google Australia, the National Rugby League, the Australian Communication and Media Authority and the Australian Sports Commission. She is the author and co-author of six books and is currently finishing a biography of the Australian author Frank Moorhouse.
Dr Catherine Page Jeffery
Lecturer, Department of Media and Communications @School of Literature Art and Media, The University of Sydney
Dr Catherine Page Jeffery is a lecturer and researcher in the Department of Media and Communication at the University of Sydney. Her research addresses digital media and families with a particular focus on parenting in the digital age. Dr Page Jeffery has more than a decade of professional experience within the public and research sector and her work has been published in leading international journals.