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There are two sides to every story: young people’s perspectives of relationship issues on social media and adult responses

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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 tolerance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)717-732
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Youth Studies
Issue number6
Early online date19 Dec 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2018


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