Adolesc Med 025 (2014) xvii-xxi Introduction Youth Perspectives on Social Media and Technology Megan A. Moreno, MD, MSEd, MPHa, Katie Davis, PhDb, Joanna Mills, MSc aAssociate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington and Principal Investigator of the Social Media and Adolescent Health Research Team (SMAHRT) Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development, Seattle Children’s Research Institute, Seattle, Washington bAssistant Professor, University of Washington iSchool, Seattle, Washington cGraduate student, University of Washington iSchool, Seattle, Washington YOUTH PERSPECTIVES ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND TECHNOLOGY On October 16-17, 2014, the iSchool at the University of Washington hosted a conference called “Digital Youth Seattle Think Tank.” This 2-day event drew scholars from around the country for a discussion about new opportunities pro- vided by digital media to advance youth education. A panel session included 8 youths from grades 9 to 11, 4 youths from an elite private school, and 4 from a public high school with a high proportion of immigrant youth. These youth voiced their own views on the challenges and opportunities provided to them by social media. This introduction includes excerpts of ideas and quotations from this session to illustrate key issues and perspectives of adolescents toward informing the larger discussions in this issue of AM:STARS. TECHNOLOGY PROVIDES A RICH COLLECTION OF TOOLS IN THE TOOLBOX The first theme of the panel discussion was the multifaceted ways in which ado- lescents use social media and technology tools for their academic and social goals. Panelists raised several innovative ways that they incorporate technology tools into their day-to-day lives, including: “I use YouTube to help me with my homework, I can find videos on how to solve math problems.” “I use technology basically to resolve arguments with my sister by looking up facts to prove her wrong.” “I use online dictionaries during the day because English is not my first language.”
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