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3-051 - Fifteen Years of Research on the Role of Race in Adolescent Academic and Social Life Online

Sat, March 23, 9:45 to 11:15am, Baltimore Convention Center, Floor: Level 3, Room 307

Session Type: Invited Address

Integrative Statement

Drawing on developmental theories of race, this presentation will synthesize more than a decade of research on the messages adolescents send and receive about race online. From articles on the contributions of one’s racial-ethnic group to viral videos of police killings, engagement with race-related materials and discussions online can shape developmental outcomes. Datasets to be discussed include a range of transcripts and profiles from AOL Chat, Facebook, MySpace, & Twitter. Findings from the NIH-funded Teen Life Online and in Schools Project, a longitudinal study of online racial discrimination, will also be highlighted. Finally, pilot data from the first nationally representative study of critical media literacy will be presented along with preliminary analyses of adolescents’ ability to evaluate fake race-related profiles and bots such as those used to infiltrate the 2016 election.

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Brendesha Tynes is an associate professor of education and psychology at the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education. Her research for the past 18 years has focused on the racial landscape adolescents navigate in online settings, online racial discrimination and the design of digital tools that empower youth of color. Tynes is the recipient of numerous awards including a Ford Pre-doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships, the American Educational Research Association’s 2012 Early Career Contribution Award for scholars who have made significant scholarly contributions to communities of color, the 2015 AERA Early Career Award, and the Spencer Foundation Midcareer Award. She was also an honoree in the APA’s Thank-a-Scientist Campaign for 2017, and her article in the Journal of Adolescent Research was #1 (or the top 10) in the 50 most frequently read articles for several years. Her work has been cited in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Newsweek and several other outlets.

Twitter: @brendesha;