Share Paper: Teaching Digital Citizenship to Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders

  1. Lesley Farmer, California St. University Long Beach, United States

Abstract: At this point in time, the vast majority of of teenagers use the Internet and have mobile devices. However, technology use does not equate with safe and responsible use. Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are surrounded by the Internet and technology-using peers. As the Autism Speaks organization states, “Individuals with autism are just as interested, if not more interested, in using the internet as a connection to mass amounts of information and millions of people. To ensure the safety and success of internet usage, it is critical that individuals with autism learn how to protect themselves online, and that ...