This book is a must read for all adults. It is the summary of danah boyd’s (yes, she writes it like that) decade of research into youth culture and technology. It explores the concepts of identity, privacy, addiction, danger, bullying, inequality, and literacy as it relates to teenager’s use of social media. Boyd also states that it is over-protectionism that is takes away a teenager’s agency and limits their ability to develop. She also examines the way teens circumvent over-protectionism and still develop an identity. 

A great read for anyone working with teens and wishing to get a greater insight to their use of technology and social media.

The target group for this Virtual Book Club are educators from different schools across the country. Ideally they should be a collection of Teacher-Librarians or Technology Leadership Teachers who find it important to understand how teens use technology and the importance of Information Literacy. With so many misconceptions about how teens use social media it is important for educators to learn about and discuss the issues surrounding this topic.

  • Google Groups will be used for 3 days each week to have an online discussion of the chapter we are studying. This is to ensure that thoughts and ideas can be examined thoroughly prior to the video conference.
  • Google Hangouts on Air with the Q&A app enabled will be used weekly to discuss the chapters face-to-face with a maximum of 8 members of the book club. The remaining members will be able to use the Q&A app to inject comments and questions into the video feed. At the end of the discussion, Google Hangouts on Air will automatically post the discussion to YouTube for archiving.

At the end of this book club the participants will be well versed in the decade of research conducted by danah boyd. Remembering that the participants of this book club are educational leaders from across the country, they will now be in a unique position to take their learning experience back to their home schools and can use the archival material to help facilitate a book club of their own. 

Hopefully it is through discussion that many of the misconceptions regarding teens and their use of “networked publics” become better understood by educators.