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Lim Sun Sun


Title: How can our youths thrive in the online space, meeting the challenges of the digital age with creativity and humanity?

Date: 1 June 2018

Time: 9.00am - 10.00am
Venue: Ballroom


Young people today inhabit a highly mediatized and media saturated world, with media use becoming increasingly salient in their educational, social, commercial, and cultural experiences. They flit seamlessly in and out of different multimodal and multimedia online environments, experimenting with different identities and personas, even as they seek to develop a sense of who they are and aspire to be. And yet this seeming effortlessness in navigating these diverse environments is not without its challenges. Previous research has shown that uniformity in young people’s media usage and skills is all but a given. Indeed we should steer clear of ‘generationalisations’ and resist assuming that all young people are digital natives. This presentation will discuss a few key issues that young people today have to confront as their media use becomes more extensive and intensive. These include social anxiety, peer pressure, and online risk. It will conclude with a few strategies that educators can adopt to apprise students of the opportunities and challenges of growing up in the digital age.


Lim Sun Sun (PhD, LSE) is Professor of Media & Communication and Head of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences at the Singapore University of Technology and Design. She studies the social implications of technology domestication by young people and families, charting the ethnographies of their Internet and mobile phone use. Her recent research has focused on understudied and marginalised populations including youths-at-risk, migrant workers and international migrant students. She has authored more than 70 books, articles, and book chapters. Her latest books are Mobile Communication and the Family: Asian Experiences in Technology Domestication (Springer, 2016) and Asian Perspectives on Digital Culture: Emerging Phenomena, Enduring Concepts (Routledge, 2016). She serves on the editorial boards of eight journals including the Journal of Computer Mediated Communication, Journal of Children and Media, Social Media + Society and Mobile Media & Communication. She is Series Editor for Mobile Communication in Asia: Local Insights, Global Implications (Springer), a series of volumes featuring research by emerging scholars of mobile communication in Asia. She has won eight awards for teaching at both university and faculty level, including the Faculty Teaching Excellence Innovation Award for her flipped classroom teaching.