Youth 2.0: Social Media and Adolescence

Connecting, Sharing and Empowering

  • Michel Walrave
  • Koen Ponnet
  • Ellen Vanderhoven
  • Jacques Haers
  • Barbara Segaert

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Identity: Online Identity Construction and Expression

  3. Privacy: Balancing Self-disclosure & Privacy Concerns

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-101
    2. Sabine Trepte
      Pages 103-115
    3. Wouter Martinus Petrus Steijn
      Pages 117-137
  4. Risks & Empowerment: Supporting & Empowering Youth

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 159-159
    2. Jolien Vangeel, Rozane De Cock, Annabelle Klein, Pascal Minotte, Omar Rosas, Gert-Jan Meerkerk
      Pages 179-191
    3. Ellen Vanderhoven, Tammy Schellens, Martin Valcke
      Pages 211-226
    4. Ellen Wauters, Eva Lievens, Peggy Valcke
      Pages 227-247
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 249-255

About this book


This book grasps the duality between opportunities and risks which arise from children’s and adolescents’ social media use. It investigates the following main themes, from a multidisciplinary perspective: identity, privacy, risks and empowerment. Social media have become an integral part of young people’s lives. While social media offer adolescents opportunities for identity and relational development, adolescents might also be confronted with some threats. The first part of this book deals with how young people use social media to express their developing identity. The second part revolves around the disclosure of personal information on social network sites, and concentrates on the tension between online self-disclosure and privacy. The final part deepens specific online risks young people are confronted with and suggests solutions by describing how children and adolescents can be empowered to cope with online risks. By emphasizing these different, but intertwined topics, this book provides a unique overview of research resulting from different academic disciplines such as Communication Studies, Education, Psychology and Law. The outstanding researchers that contribute to the different chapters apply relevant theories, report on topical research, discuss practical solutions and reveal important emerging issues that could lead future research agendas.


Angry Reaction Following (Cyber)Bullying Victimization Balancing Self-Disclosure and Privacy Concerns Developing Identity Off/Online Identities of Adolescents Using a Social Networks Open Source’ Network Identity Paradoxes of Online Privacy Self-(re)presentation and Identity Social Network and Children and Adolescents Social Networking Sites Among Adolescents in Belgium Youth Risks of Social Media Youth Use Social Media to Communicate Signs and Symptoms iDisclose and Privacy Management Theory to Children

Editors and affiliations

  • Michel Walrave
    • 1
  • Koen Ponnet
    • 2
  • Ellen Vanderhoven
    • 3
  • Jacques Haers
    • 4
  • Barbara Segaert
    • 5
  1. 1.University of AntwerpAntwerpBelgium
  2. 2.University of AntwerpAntwerpBelgium
  3. 3.Department of Edu Studies & iMinds-MICTGhent UniversityGentBelgium
  4. 4.KU LeuvenLeuvenBelgium
  5. 5.University Centre Saint-Ignatius AntwerpAntwerpBelgium

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