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Amanda Lenhart

Amanda Lenhart is Associate Director, Research at the Pew Research Center, where she directs research on young adults, teens, children and families and how they use and think about digital technologies. Her other research interests include education, gaming, and networked communication tools like mobile phones, social networks, blogging and other social information utilities. She is the author of more than 30 reports for the Project. The Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan source of data and analysis. It does not take advocacy positions.

For her research about and knowledge of youth and their use of technology, Amanda has testified before congressional subcommittees, the FTC and the U.S. States' Attorneys General, and presented her work at numerous academic and non-academic conferences and briefings as well as to the media. Amanda appeared on the PBS Newshour, NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered and has been quoted in the New York Times, Washington Post, and numerous other publications. Amanda has served on the international advisory board for the EU Kids Go Online Project and is an affiliate of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.

Amanda has been with the Project since its inception. She graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College with a double major in English and Anthropology, and earned a Masters with distinction from Georgetown University in Communications, Culture and Technology.


Publications

Thursday, Aug 22, 2013

Teens and Mobile Apps Privacy

58% of American teens have downloaded an app to a cell phone or tablet. More than half of teen apps users have avoided an app due to concerns about sharing their personal… More

Wednesday, Aug 14, 2013

Where Teens Seek Online Privacy Advice

Many teens ages 12-17 report that they usually figure out how to manage content sharing and privacy settings on their own. Focus group interviews with teens suggest that for their… More

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Teens, Social Media, and Privacy

Teens are sharing more information about themselves on social media sites than they have in the past, but they are also taking a variety of technical and non-technical steps to… More

Wednesday, Mar 13, 2013

Teens and Technology 2013

Smartphone adoption among American teens has increased substantially and mobile access to the internet is pervasive. One in four teens are “cell-mostly” internet users, who say… More

Tuesday, Nov 20, 2012

Parents, Teens, and Online Privacy

Parents have a range of concerns about how their children’s online activities might affect their privacy and many have taken steps to monitor their children and encourage online… More


Events

Oct 7, 2013 @ 6:00 PM

A Global Research Agenda for Children’s Rights in the Digital Age

Worldwide, children’s digital access and literacy is growing apace. Yet many of the creative, informative, interactive and participatory features of the digital environment remain… More