Homelessness, Youth, & Technology

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Homelessness, Youth, & Technology

  1. 1. HOMELESSNESS, YOUTH, & TECHNOLOGY #biwHYT #biw13
  2. 2. RESEARCH A Quick Look
  3. 3. A CONTRAST Early 2000s •The Digital Divide •Use of Internet affected by • Age • Disability status • Ethnicity • Income Level • Education Now •Young adults experiencing homelessness are using technology •Use is less about recreation; more about keeping in touch
  4. 4. THE HOMELESS USE FACEBOOK?! (2013) Guadagno, Rosanna E., David E. Pollio, and Nicole L. Muscanell. "The Homeless Use Facebook?! Similiarities of Social Network Use between College Students and Homeless Young Adults." Computers in Human Behavior 29 (2013): 86-89. Online.
  5. 5. SOCIAL NETWORK SITE MEMBERSHIP 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% Member of at least one SNS? On Facebook? On MySpace? Undergrad Homeless
  6. 6. SOCIAL NETWORK SITE USE 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% To stay in touch w/friends To stay in touch w/relatives For dating For education or career Undergrad Homeless
  7. 7. HOW OFTEN DO YOU …? 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Send private messages Post public messages Post pictures Post notes/blog Search for other users Send friend requests Play games Undergrad Homeless 1 is not very often; 7 is very often
  8. 8. UCLA AIDS INSTITUTE (2011) •80% of surveyed youth experiencing homelessness used at least one social networking site every week •Youth experiencing homelessness who used social networking sites were more likely to have been tested for STIs and to be better informed about preventing such infections and HIV. •Use of social networking sites by youth experiencing homelessness also correlated with increase in risky sexual behaviors. http://newsroom.ucla.edu/portal/ucla/social-networking-sites-can-lead-191717.aspx
  9. 9. CELL PHONE USE AMONG HOMELESS YOUTH (2011) •62% own a cell phone • 51% use it to stay connected to friends • 41% use it to stay connect to their parents • 36% use the phone to call current or potential employers •Researcher earlier found that 85% find a way online, either though the phone, libraries or youth agencies. (See http://sowkweb.usc.edu/faculty/eric-rice) http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11524-011-9624-z
  10. 10. EXAMPLES & IDEAS A Few Thoughts to Get Us Started
  11. 11. MEDIA
  12. 12. SHELTR
  13. 13. INVISIBLE PEOPLE
  14. 14. HOMELESS YOUTH HANDBOOK
  15. 15. SOCIAL NETWORK SITES
  16. 16. ILLINOIS LEGAL AID ONLINE
  17. 17. MOBILE ALERTS
  18. 18. “BIG DATA”
  19. 19. WHAT ELSE?

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