Gender Issues in Teen Technology Use to Find Health Information

ID: 40353 Type: Virtual Brief Paper
  1. Lesley Farmer, Califoriia State University Long Beach, United States

Abstract: Teens need and want information about health issues. Increasingly, they access digital resources because of the Internet’s availability, affordability, and anonymity. Libraries provide a neutral safe venue for such information, and they can guide teens in locating, evaluating, and using those resources. Not only does gender impact the content, but it also impacts how teens seek that information. Technology use also has gendered factors that impact information seeking behaviors. Technology also impacts health information needs of at-risk teen populations. This presentation shares gender issues of teen technology use to find health information, and offers recommendations to insure optimal library services to address health information needs of ALL teens.

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