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 day-to-day privacy management, teens are guided through their choices in the app or platform when they sign up, or find answers through their own searching and use of their preferred platform.
Youth and Media Lab
Expanding its work on young people and digital technologies, the Berkman Center is launching a youth-driven R&D lab for media literacy and digital empowerment – the Youth and Media Lab - supported by a grant from the McCormick Foundation.
The Lab will bring together a small, diverse, and highly motivated group of talented young people with leading researchers and developers from the Berkman Center and with mentors from the Center’s broader network. The Lab will engage in innovative and creative ways with the core challenges and opportunities that youth encounter online, including issues such as online safety, privacy, credibility/information quality, civic participation, and entrepreneurship.
The Lab’s activities will focus on exploratory research, curriculum building, tool development and testing, and peer teaching and learning. Goals include increasing youth participation, promoting innovation, and fostering entrepreneurship.
The Lab will be based in Cambridge, but the Berkman Center’s Youth and Media team is eager to develop a global network of labs and partners, involving young people from distinct settings and backgrounds with one another and with a larger global community.