Who are we?
Transitions is a research project by the Adolescent Research Collaborative at the University of California, Berkeley. Under the guidance of Dr. Ron Dahl and Dr. Lucía Magis-Weinberg, the Transitions team consists of researchers and students from diverse academic, geographic, and cultural backgrounds who share an interest in understanding the impact of adolescents’ increasingly digital lives on their wellbeing. Appreciating adolescence as a unique period of development characterized by both vulnerability and opportunity, we aim to identify benefits and risks of digital media use, as well as foster healthy digital habits through the Digital Citizenship Curriculum provided by Common Sense Education.
Why Latin America?
The majority of adolescents in the world are growing up in Africa, Asia and Latin America. However, most research focuses on countries in the Global North. In collaboration with Innova Schools, we have a unique opportunity to work for and with young people growing up in Latin America (specifically Perú and México) Children and adolescents in Latin America use technology in particular ways: some are the same as in the Global North, but some are specific to their countries and culture. This means that the opportunities and risks afforded by technology might be different in these settings. By studying Latin America, we are able to more broadly generalize our findings and gain insight into how different cultures and contexts handle technology.
What is our Mission? What are our goals?
Our goals are to 1) gain a better understanding of how Peruvian and Mexican children and adolescents are using technology, 2) assess technology’s impact on student wellbeing, 3) design a school-based curricula centered on digital citizenship and healthy digital habits that promotes social-emotional development and 4) highlight unique cultural perspectives of the digital lives of students growing up in Latin America. We seek to promote digital citizenship in children and adolescents growing up in Latin America (Perú and México) through a school curriculum that is culturally appropriate and that builds on principles from developmental science. .
Why Digital Citizenship?
As a research team working with children and adolescent backgrounds, we recognize that they are growing up in a highly technologically dependent world that is rapidly changing. Using material created by Common Sense Education, we aim to help students in 21st-century work take ownership of their own digital lives by being active participants and build critical thinking skills while also being aware of how to make informed choices online and in person.