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Alexa is a Ph.D. student at Tufts' Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development. At Eliot-Pearson, Alexa is a member of the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development. As a member of the Institute, Alexa is interested in exploring facets of positive youth development such as social connection, character, and caring.

Prior to this position, she served as the Director of Education on Berkman Klein's Youth and Media (YaM) team. On YaM, Alexa focused on areas such as the skills youth need to thrive in our increasingly digital world; the ways youth engage interact with and are impacted by artificial intelligence; risks to online safety, including cyberbullying; and the design of educational tools about the digital environment that can be used across varying contexts of learning and teaching.

Projects & Tools

Youth and Media

Youth and Media (YaM) encompasses an array of research, advocacy, and development initiatives around youth (age 12-18) and digital technology.

Digital Citizenship+ Resource Platform

The DCRP is an evolving collection of tools that you can use to learn more about safety, privacy, information quality, and creative expression.


Digital Ethics in Times of Crisis: COVID-19 & Access to Education and Learning Spaces

A global research sprint explores digital transformation at a pivotal moment in time

The Ethics of Digitalization

Led by the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG), the Berkman Klein Center, and the Digital Asia Hub, and in collaboration with the Global Network of…


Dec 28, 2022

Transforming State-of-the-Art Offline Approaches for the Digital World

A Methods Guide for Youth and Well-being Focus Groups

No two people have the same definition of what “well-being” means to them. While we often use “mental health” and “well-being” interchangeably, well-being can encompass much more…

Oct 28, 2021

Youth and Extended Reality

An Initial Exploration of Augmented, Virtual, and Mixed Realities

A new piece from the Youth and Media team surveys potential uses and harms of XR for learning, health, and inclusion...

May 14, 2021

Youth Participation in a Digital World

Designing and Implementing Spaces, Programs, and Methodologies

Designing and Implementing Spaces, Programs, and Methodologies

Jun 25, 2020

Youth and the Digital Economy

Exploring Youth Practices, Motivations, Skills, Pathways, and Value Creation

What can we all learn by taking a closer look at young people in today’s digital economy?

Mar 20, 2020

Youth and Digital Citizenship+ (Plus)

Understanding Skills for a Digital World

How can schools, educators, and parents and caregivers embrace the opportunities to support young people in becoming digital citizens?

Oct 29, 2019

Youth and Cyberbullying

Another Look

Examining the changing landscape of bullying while acknowledging the convergence between the online and offline world.

May 31, 2019

Youth and Artificial Intelligence

Where We Stand

How can we empower young people to meaningfully interact with AI-based technologies to promote and bolster learning, creative expression, and well-being, while also addressing key…


Jun 7, 2021

How to Help Young People Navigate Life Online Post-Pandemic

In Newsweek, Alexa Hasse offers some key lessons about the skills young people need to be good “digital citizens”

Dec 17, 2020

BKC Policy Practice on AI Hosts Expert Review of Colombia’s AI Ethical Framework with Focus on Youth

Colombia President Iván Duque Márquez launches AI framework; BKC’s Urs Gasser delivers keynote

Colombia President Iván Duque Márquez launches AI framework; BKC’s Urs Gasser delivers keynote

Sep 15, 2020

Draft Policy Guidance on AI for Children

BKC community members inform UNICEF report

BKC community members inform UNICEF report

Aug 1, 2018

Sharing Learning Tools for Youth Digital Life

18 of our open access educational resources for digital literacy are now being translated into over 40 languages

May 31, 2018

Challenges and Opportunities of Co-designing Playlists with Youth

The main goal of the Digital Citizenship Learning Playlist project was to co-design four digital citizenship playlists in collaboration with young people from youth-serving…



Preserving Social Connections against the Backdrop of Generative AI

BKC Affiliate Alexa Hasse examines how they might change trust in our human social relationships.

Nov 9, 2023
BKC Medium Collection

Extended Reality

The Potential of Augmented, Virtual, and Mixed Reality Experiences for Remote Teaching and Learning

Opportunities and limitations of augmented, virtual, and mixed reality technologies in the educational space

Nov 12, 2020
Aargauer Zeitung

Teenagers and Social Media: The Fake Account is More Real

Identity and the dichotomy between real and fake on Instagram

Apr 7, 2019

How Youth Are Reinventing Instagram and Why Having Multiple Accounts Is Trending

Our Youth & Media team looked at how teens are using social media to figure out who they are.

Nov 2, 2018