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The Behavioral and Psychological Impact of Online Risks for Adolescents

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Today, information and communication technologies (ICTs) are an integral part of the daily lives of adolescents. Adolescents are using ICTs for online communication, entertainment, relationship building, and information gathering. The downside of growing up in a world equipped with ICTs is that the online world also exposes adolescents to online risks such as cyberbullying, cyberstalking, cybergrooming, cyberhate, cybersuicide, contact risk behaviors, online exploitation, online social solicitation, internet addiction, problematic internet use, and/or overuse of the internet or social media. Understanding the short-term and long-term consequences of online risks is important for developing intervention and prevention efforts, as well as informing policies. To fully understand the negative impact of online risks on adolescent development, this Research Topic aims to bring together manuscripts centered on behavioral and psychological outcomes.

Adolescent exposure to online risks involves complex interactions between them and other aspects of their lives, including their social environment and communities. They also experience negative behavioral and psychological outcomes related to their exposure to online risks. Previous research has found that adolescents report headaches, eye problems, sleep problems, and losing friends after becoming addicted to (or engaging in overuse of) the internet and social media. However, it remains unclear what behavioral and psychological consequences occur from experiencing or perpetrating cyberhate. Furthermore, the field is limited by few theoretical perspectives that allow for a better understanding of the consequences associated with adolescent online risk exposure, as well as the differential and specific consequences for diverse adolescent populations (e.g., ethnic minorities, LGBTQ).

This Research Topic invites manuscripts that contribute theoretical perspectives and an empirical understanding of the behavioral and psychological consequences of online risks for adolescents. We also invite manuscripts describing risk and protective factors, which is important for the development of intervention and prevention efforts. We are interested in manuscripts that include the following:

• Applications of theoretical perspectives to behavioral and psychological consequences of online risks for adolescents;
• Longitudinal, mixed-methods, multi-informants, and/or cross-sectional research designs;
• Experiences of diverse and/or unrepresentative samples;
• Discussions of risk and protective factors associated with adolescents’ online risks;
• Advances in intervention and prevention efforts.

By inviting manuscripts covering these objectives to this Research Topic, we aim to make it possible to compare the behavioral and psychological consequences associated with online risks for adolescents. Importantly, this Research Topic will also provide a comparison of the consequences of online risks for adolescents from diverse backgrounds.


Keywords: addiction, depression, cyberstalking, cyberbullying, online hate


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Today, information and communication technologies (ICTs) are an integral part of the daily lives of adolescents. Adolescents are using ICTs for online communication, entertainment, relationship building, and information gathering. The downside of growing up in a world equipped with ICTs is that the online world also exposes adolescents to online risks such as cyberbullying, cyberstalking, cybergrooming, cyberhate, cybersuicide, contact risk behaviors, online exploitation, online social solicitation, internet addiction, problematic internet use, and/or overuse of the internet or social media. Understanding the short-term and long-term consequences of online risks is important for developing intervention and prevention efforts, as well as informing policies. To fully understand the negative impact of online risks on adolescent development, this Research Topic aims to bring together manuscripts centered on behavioral and psychological outcomes.

Adolescent exposure to online risks involves complex interactions between them and other aspects of their lives, including their social environment and communities. They also experience negative behavioral and psychological outcomes related to their exposure to online risks. Previous research has found that adolescents report headaches, eye problems, sleep problems, and losing friends after becoming addicted to (or engaging in overuse of) the internet and social media. However, it remains unclear what behavioral and psychological consequences occur from experiencing or perpetrating cyberhate. Furthermore, the field is limited by few theoretical perspectives that allow for a better understanding of the consequences associated with adolescent online risk exposure, as well as the differential and specific consequences for diverse adolescent populations (e.g., ethnic minorities, LGBTQ).

This Research Topic invites manuscripts that contribute theoretical perspectives and an empirical understanding of the behavioral and psychological consequences of online risks for adolescents. We also invite manuscripts describing risk and protective factors, which is important for the development of intervention and prevention efforts. We are interested in manuscripts that include the following:

• Applications of theoretical perspectives to behavioral and psychological consequences of online risks for adolescents;
• Longitudinal, mixed-methods, multi-informants, and/or cross-sectional research designs;
• Experiences of diverse and/or unrepresentative samples;
• Discussions of risk and protective factors associated with adolescents’ online risks;
• Advances in intervention and prevention efforts.

By inviting manuscripts covering these objectives to this Research Topic, we aim to make it possible to compare the behavioral and psychological consequences associated with online risks for adolescents. Importantly, this Research Topic will also provide a comparison of the consequences of online risks for adolescents from diverse backgrounds.


Keywords: addiction, depression, cyberstalking, cyberbullying, online hate


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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15 February 2021 Abstract
15 May 2021 Manuscript

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15 February 2021 Abstract
15 May 2021 Manuscript

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