Panel: Youth and New Media

TechKidsLauren Berliner, PhD., Department of Communication, University of California, San Diego. Director of the Girl Scouts of America’s Girls Empowered to Make Movies program as well as the director of the media workshops at the Hillcrest Youth Center for LGBT teens.

Mary L. Gray, Associate Professor, Department of Communication and Culture, Indiana University. Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research New England maintains adjunct positions in American Studies, Anthropology, and Gender Studies, at Indiana University.

Mimi Ito, Professor, Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, University of California, Irvine. Specializes in online youth culture and learning with digital media and is Professor in Residence and John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation chair in Digital Media and Learning at the University of California, Irvine.

Robert Lecusay, PhD. Candidate, Department of Communication and Cognitive Science, University of California, San Diego.

Christo Sims, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, University of California, San Diego. A guest researcher for the Digital Media and Learning Research Hub at the University of California Humanities Research Institute.

In 1993 Seymour Papert wrote, “Across the world children have entered a passionate and enduring love affair with the computer… They are the computer generation.” Twenty years later children have changed but prevailing ideas about their generational identity have not. This session brings together researchers who study youth and new media to discuss how children and young people’s relationships with media technologies have changed over the previous two decades, and to share what they see as the most pressing issues facing contemporary children and young people coming of age in the purported age of new media.

3:15 to 4:00 p.m. IR/PS Room 3201. Coordinated and Moderated by Christo Sims.