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Sonia Livingstone and Leslie Haddon

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847424396

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847424396.001.0001

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Adolescents and social network sites: identity, friendships and privacy

Adolescents and social network sites: identity, friendships and privacy

(p.83) seven Adolescents and social network sites: identity, friendships and privacy
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Jochen Peter

Patti M. Valkenburg

Cédric Fluckiger

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Identity construction, the development of stable and fulfilling friendships, and the ability to disclose private information in appropriate ways and settings are important developmental tasks in adolescence. However, despite the significance of these developmental tasks and their potential relation to adolescents' use of social networking sites, research on the issue is still scarce and scattered. This chapter systematizes and reviews the available literature in order to answer the question of how adolescents' use of social networking sites shapes, and is shaped by, the three developmental tasks just mentioned. To contextualize the literature, a brief account is given of what is known about European adolescents' use of social-networking sites and parents' concerns about their children's activities on them.

Keywords:   European adolescents, identity construction, private information, social networking, online activities, online behaviour

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