Project: Understanding the long term impacts of technology on young lives in three countries, Canada, Scotland, and Australia. This interdisciplinary and cross cultural study focuses on Aboriginal, immigrant, rural, and “in risk” youth.
Background: Young people are in social transition to adulthood in digital economies. Their use of digital media has been well documented, but the long term impacts of digital media are under-studied and paradoxical. Little scholarly work has attended to digital media and the four demographics listed above. Working with Dr. John Smyth of the University of Ballarat in Australia, and Dr. Andy Furlong of the University of Glasgow in Scotland, Dr. Tilleczek will study youth and adults in Canada, Scotland, and Australia over a 5 year period.
Objectives: The study aims to richly describe the impact of technology on young lives over time. Important questions to be explored are: For whom and how do digital media help or hinder transitions to adulthood? How is digital media involved in youth agency, resistance, and constraint? Is an emerging form of cultural/social capital arising from digital literacy?
Documentary films following the team’s research will bring parents, educators, policy makers, service providers, academics, and young people into conversation about digital media and young lives. This project will augment policy and practice relating to technology and young lives, and will position Canada centrally in this emerging area of study.