Development in the Digital Age
In this course, students will examine the impact of social media and other digital technology on children, teens, and adults and at different stages of cognitive, social, and emotional development. Students will also examine how identity development, relationships, and socialization can be affected by the use of digital and social media. A historic review of electronic media research, including the effect of violent television on viewer behavior, will provide a foundation for examining the current impact of digital media. Current issues such as sexting, online harassment, cyberbullying, and cyberstalking will be explored, along with strategies for mitigating these issues. Similarly, positive impacts of social media such as building social groups, finding community, overriding generational gaps, seeking health and mental health support and resources will also be explored. Students will also examine generational, socioeconomic, and multicultural differences in access to and use of digital media. Digital media literacy and public policy will be explored, with an emphasis on positive social change.