“The internet is not private:” The role of social media in sexual health among youth in foster care
Journal of Adolescence, July 2020
Olivia Kachingwe, John Salerno, Bradley Boekeloo, Jessica Fish, Melanie Geddings-Hayes, Faduma Adena, Elizabeth M. Aparicio
Kachingwe, O.N., Salerno, J.P., Boekeloo, B., Fish, J., Geddings-Hayes, M., Aden, F., & Aparicio, E.M. (In Press). “The internet is not private:” The role of social media in sexual health among youth in foster care. Journal of Adolescence.
Foster youth use social media to establish and maintain intimate relationships.
Trust plays an integral role in how foster youth interact with others online.
Social media use can result in intimate partner violence and breached privacy.
Foster youth take concrete steps to protect themselves while online.
Parents and staff need further training on how best to support foster youth online.