Kids Online: A new research agenda for understanding social networking forums


A growing number of kids at increasingly younger ages are engaging in online social networking today-a development that is leading to a surge of news stories, media attention, and economic investment. In this paper, scholars Sara Grimes and Deborah Fields argue that these shifts in usage and public discussion demand a better understanding of the ways that social networking sites mediate kids' socializing and the opportunities and limits they place on kids' participation, particularly for young children.

Deborah Fields & Sara Grimes

The Joan Ganz Cooney Center at the Sesame Workshop with support from Cisco Systems and the MacArthur UCHRI Digital Media and Learning Research Hub at the University of California, Irvine.

Publication Date: 
November 7, 2012