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A New Role for Libraries: Promoting Teens' Safety and Security in the Digital Age

CCI Project Lead: Denise E. Agosto, PI (Drexel University)

Project Leaders: June Abbas, Co-PI (University of Oklahoma)

Project Funded By: OCLC Research and The Association of Library & Information Science Educators (ALISE)

About the Project

There has been considerable writing in the popular media about teens as irresponsible and sometimes even reckless users of social media, possessing little concern about the importance protecting one's personal information online.  These portrayals are often highly exaggerated.  In reality, researchers are only beginning to understand how teens truly conceive of online privacy and security issues.  Without a deeper understanding of teens’ views of and behaviors surrounding online privacy and security, librarians, teachers, systems designers, and parents cannot develop tools and services to help teens become smarter, safer users of social media and other information technologies.  For this project, research team is working with students in two U.S. high schools to create detailed understandings of their online privacy and safety attitudes, beliefs, and practices.  The work will result in a set of guidelines that public and school librarians and other educators can use to teach teens to become better-educated and safer users of social media and other digital communication technologies.