Youth and digital networking
The growth of social media has seen young people migrate their lives online, and our Youth and Digital Networking research explores how young people aged 13-19 use social media and digital technologies in their daily lives – from the ways in which they manage their identity and self-narrative online, to how they network with their peers and families.
One of the primary issues we deal with is the notion of e-safety and online risk, and our research is exploring the factors behind cyberbullying, young people's perceptions of it, and the issues caused by the breakdown of relationships online.
We're also finding new strategies to help young people deal with cyberbullying, and exploring the ways in which students can have a greater voice in identifying the issues they face online. And by making it easier for young people to relate their experiences online, we can grow our understanding of how to tackle these problems.
Our research is frequently published in leading academic journals, including the Journal of Youth Studies.
Our research focuses on the following key topics
- Youth and digital networking
- Glocalisation: dissemination of global trends and discourses in local contexts
- Consumer culture - consuming identity and meaning through technologies and online resources
- Youth cultures and media influence
Partnerships and Collaborations
We work in close collaboration with local secondary schools in Portsmouth and across West Sussex, with regional Integrated Prevention and Earliest Help (IPEH) services, and Sussex Police.
Recent publication highlights include
Journal of Youth Studies (2018), 21:6, 717-732, DOI: 10.1080/13676261.2017.1418083, Simon Edwards and Victoria Wang
Journal of Youth Studies (2016), 19:9, 1204-1219, DOI: 10.1080/13676261.2016.1154933, Simon Edwards and Victoria Wang
Journal of Youth Studies (2016), 19:10, 1382-1400, DOI: 10.1080/13676261.2016.1171831, Wendy Sims-Schouten and Simon Edwards
Discover our areas of expertise
In this area of expertise, we're exploring the experiences and opportunities that play a role in the development of young children.
Our work is identifying, exploring and engaging with forms of discrimination across gender and race in the education system.
We're examining the factors underpinning issues such as inequality, under-representation of women, mental health and wellbeing in higher education.
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