Time:  May 05, 2021
Location:  12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Location:  Virtual

While young people have been key players in social and political movements for centuries, digital media have changed the landscape of tweens’ and teens’ activism and civic involvement, especially in the midst of the pandemic.

Children and Screens’ #AskTheExperts webinar “Young Voices Online: An Exploration of Teens’ and Tweens’ Civic Engagement” was held on Wednesday, May 5th, 2021 at 12:00pm ET via Zoom. A panel of interdisciplinary experts, moderated by Henry Jenkins, Primary Investigator for the Civic Paths Research Group at the University of Southern California, discussed how young people utilize digital media for advocacy and participatory politics, what motivates teens’ involvement around civic issues, how tweens and teens identify what causes matter to them, and what steps can be taken to support children and teens as they learn about and participate in social movements. 


  • Henry Jenkins

    Provost Professor of Communication, Journalism, Cinematic Arts and Education University of Southern California
  • Kristian Lundberg

    Associate Researcher CIRCLE, Tisch College of Civic Life, Tufts University
  • Ellen Middaugh, PhD

    Assistant Professor, Child & Adolescent Development Connie L. Lurie College of Education, San José State University
  • Ashley Rogers Berner, PhD

    Director; Associate Professor Institute for Education Policy; School of Education, Johns Hopkins University

Video and Resources

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