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Worried About the Wrong ThingsYouth, Risk, and Opportunity in the Digital World$
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Jacqueline Ryan Vickery

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262036023

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262036023.001.0001

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Conclusion: Opportunity-Driven Expectations

Conclusion: Opportunity-Driven Expectations

(p.255) Conclusion: Opportunity-Driven Expectations
Worried About the Wrong Things

Jacqueline Ryan Vickery

The MIT Press

This chapter considers how we can reframe debates about digital risks and harms in a productive way that considers opportunities and equity. There are at least three connections that contribute to opportunity-driven expectations. First, the lived experiences of youth need to be represented in media narratives and reflected in policies. Second, young people’s practices must be taken seriously by educational institutions. Third, adults should be ready to help young people navigate not only risks, but also opportunities. Without dismissing legitimate concerns to young people’s safety, the chapter argues that we must pay more attention to inequitable opportunities for marginalized youth and do more as a society to empower all students with the digital literacies necessary to leverage media in ways that are beneficial on an individual and societal level.

Keywords:   Harm, Fear, Equity, Equality, low-income youth, marginalized youth, immigrants, education, media narratives

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