Online communication among adolescents: an integrated model of its attraction, opportunities, and risks.

@article{Valkenburg2011OnlineCA,
  title={Online communication among adolescents: an integrated model of its attraction, opportunities, and risks.},
  author={Patti M. Valkenburg and Jochen Peter},
  journal={The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine},
  year={2011},
  volume={48 2},
  pages={121-7}
}
Adolescents far outnumber adults in their use of e-communication technologies, such as instant messaging and social network sites. In this article, we present an integrative model that helps us to understand both the appeal of these technologies and their risks and opportunities for the psychosocial development of adolescents. We first outline how the three features (anonymity, asynchronicity, and accessibility) of online communication stimulate controllability of online self-presentation and… CONTINUE READING
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