Positive Youth Development and Foster Care Youth: A Digital Perspective

Nora Gustavsson, Ann MacEachron

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Abstract

The virtual world of the Internet may be used to support positive youth development. Accessing resources in educational, employment, health, and social domains is enhanced by the ability to effectively use digital technology. Foster youth are at risk for poor developmental outcomes and may face barriers to competent use of the Internet. We discuss the benefits and risks of Internet use and the importance of digital literacy to protect against risks, and we offer suggestions on ways that child welfare agencies, case managers, and foster parents can work with youth to support safe and effective use of digital technology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)407-415
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment
Volume25
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 4 2015

Keywords

  • digital literacy
  • Foster youth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Anthropology

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