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How young people use social media and social networks for sexual health communication

ijocResearchers from Australia explored how young people use social media and social networks for sexual health communication. Here is the abstract of the article publishes in the The International Journal of Communication.

 Young People, Social Media, Social Network Sites and Sexual Health Communication in Australia: “This is Funny, You Should Watch It”

CLIFTON WESTLY EVERS, University of Nottingham Ningbo China

KATH ALBURY, University of New South Wales

PAUL BYRON, University of New South Wales

KATE CRAWFORD, Microsoft Research

Social media and social network sites (SNS) are an evolving area for sexual health communication with young people. They present opportunities and challenges for sexual health professionals and young people alike, such as learning through interactivity and addressing concerns about privacy. In this article, we present and discuss the findings from six rural and urban focus groups with young people in Australia about the use of social media and SNS for sexual health communication. We discuss a number of issues related to the use of social media and SNS for sexual health communication, such as concerns about bullying, privacy, and the stigma attached to sexual health.

The full article can be found here.

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Lutz Siemer

Lutz Siemer

Education, Research & Development in Social Work & IT After working as an alternative practitioner and psychotherapist in private practice for nearly ten years I stepped over to higher education in 2005. At Saxion University of Applied Sciences I lecture and do research and development in the area of Social Work, Psychology and IT. Currently I'm focussing on merging mobile technology and social work.

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