Teens Talk Tech: Social Media and Families in the Digital Age was hosted by the Surveillance Studies Centre, along with The eQuality Project, the Ontario Secondary Teachers Federation District 27, and the Kingston Frontenac Public Library. Valerie Steeves, University of Ottawa, and Valerie Michaelson, Queen’s University discussed the ways in which the rise of social networking platforms have affected interpersonal relationships, academic achievement, teen dating, and bullying. They were joined by the participants in the #DisconnectionChallenge – a group of teens who, in 2017, decided to explore the affect that their smartphones were having on their relationships with themselves, their peers, and to nature.
The eQuality Project has just released teaching plans for the Disconnection Challenge. For further information, please follow the link here.