Youth and Information Communications Technologies in the Time of Pandemic

Michael Adorjan, University of Calgary

At a time when a new national study indicates that Canadian children are “not alright” in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, our research will provide crucial insight into the experiences and perceptions of Canadian youth and the role of information communications technologies (ICTs) during this unprecedented recent period of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our research responds to the crucial demand for knowledge regarding – in their own words and from their own perspectives – youth experiences and responses to the present crisis. We will generate nuanced knowledge about not just how youth perceive ‘the good’ and ‘the bad’ of social media and other ICTs, but knowledge regarding what strategies they are drawing from to cope, and their experience of the effectiveness of these strategies. Our findings will provide prescient knowledge for parents, educators and the wider academic community which will help guide short and long-term responses to the needs of young people in the immediate future – while grappling with the pandemic – and in the important years subsequent to the pandemic. Overall, this research provides a crucial opportunity to listen to the voices of Canadian youth directly, to better understand, and ultimately respond, to their present situation and the impact of ICTs in the time of a global pandemic.

Funding: SSHRC

Co-investigators: Rosemary Ricciardelli, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Research Status: Other – SSHRC IG proposal submitted and under review for spring 2021

Contact: Michael Adorjan

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