Webinar Spotlight: Carrie James on Youth and the Digital Ethics Gap

Unpacking youth attitudes about digital life and identifying their ethical "blind spots"

January 27, 2015
Kelly Mendoza Director of Learning and Engagement
Common Sense Education

CATEGORIES Digital Literacy, Professional Development, Students

What are the moral and ethical "disconnects" or "blind spots" youth have about online privacy, property, and participation? In our edWeb Digital Citizenship community this month, Dr. Carrie James talked about her latest book, Disconnected: Youth, New Media, and the Ethics Gap. Drawing from extensive interviews with young people between the ages of 10 and 25, Disconnected explores youth attitudes about digital life and discusses messages about digital media use they hear from adults. (Full video below.) Dr. Carrie James is research director and principal investigator at Project Zero, and lecturer on education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. In this webinar, Carrie covered these topics:

  • Ways youth are engaging with ethical sensitivity in digital spaces. 
  • How young people respond to moral and ethical dilemmas in their digital lives.
  • What young people are hearing from adults, including messages that emphasize "stranger danger" but lack emphasis on responsibility for self, others, and the broader community. 

Webinar Highlights: 

29:02 -- "What we observed is that across those different topics -- privacy, property, speech, participation more generally -- young people most often framed these issues in very self-focused or consequence-driven ways."  

35:56 -- "In the book, I talk about 'blind spots.' Blind spots are failures to be alert to the moral or ethical dilemmas or dimensions of an online situation."

47:28 -- "I define 'conscientious connectivity' as mindfulness of the implications of your online choices for both strong ties -- known relations -- as well as unknown others and larger communities."

Note: If you want to receive continuing education credits for watching this video, you can view it in the Resource Library of edWeb's Digital Citizenship community.

If you'd like to join future webinars and share ideas on teaching with technology, join the Digital Citizenship community on edWeb. Check out all of our upcoming webinars and events in our Conference Calendar. See you there!