On 1st August we organized a symposium at UNSW titled “Young people and digital communication: Exploring the role of narrative in research and interventions”. The goal of this symposium was the presentation and discussion of current and future challenges related to the use of narratives in research on youngsters’ online and offline communication.
We started the symposium with Lelia Green (Edith Cowan University), Heidi Vandebosch (University of Antwerp) and Kath Albury (UNSW) giving a general overview of the risks and opportunities that digital media can offer for youngsters, including cyberbullying and sexting. This first part was filmed and will be available soon.
Next, Sara Bastiaensens (University of Antwerp) and Philippa Collin (UWS/Young & Well CRC) presented their projects in which they use digital technologies (serious games; apps, websites) to improve youngsters wellbeing (reduce cyberbullying; improve mental health).
After a nice lunch in which we had the opportunity to talk more informally, Anne Vermeulen and Kathleen Van Royen (University of Antwerp) talked about the opportunities and challenges of narrative research on youngsters, with the AMiCA project as an illustrating case. Joy Townsend (UNSW) followed up on this talk, by presenting her narrative approach of young women’s sexual self-representation. Finally, Natalie Hendry (RMIT/Young and Well CRC) presented her research on Tumblr. as a method to investigate digital media cultures of youth’s mental illness and recovery.