There are two sides to every story

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Description of Activity

This paper reports on a recent research project undertaken in the UK
that investigated how young people negotiate their identities and
relationships online, including how they experience interventions
by adults. Drawing on qualitative interviews with young people in
two schools and a voluntary youth organisation in England, we
argue that young people engage rather successfully in practices
of self-governance. Our findings based on this sample of young
people’s agentic practice and care for their peers challenge some
dominant perceptions of young people’s online practices as risky
and/or harmful to themselves and/or others. Furthermore we
found a lack of evidence concerning the effectiveness of, and
need for, interventions orientated around surveillance and zero
Period10 Apr 201812 Apr 2018
Event titleBritish Sociological Association Annual Conference: Identity, Community and Social Solidarity
Event typeConference
LocationNewcastleShow on map
Degree of RecognitionNational


  • Youth
  • Social media
  • Self-identity
  • Peer support
  • Intervention