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Internet Communication Technology Use by Youth in Foster Care

A Systematic Review

About the Course

This systematic narrative review of the literature reports on the experiences of foster youth regarding the use of Internet Communication Technologies (ICTs) such as social media, focusing only on studies that include youth voice. We searched seven databases for articles published internationally from 2010 to 2020 in which foster youth were interviewed regarding their beliefs about ICTs. Youth report benefits of ICTs including to their relationships and identity formation opportunities, and discuss risks of ICTs and how they manage them. ICTs may benefit positive youth development. Stakeholders may consider ways to assess and support healthy ICT use.

This course is based on the reading-based online article, A Systematic Review of Internet Communication Technology Use by Youth in Foster Care created by Melanie Sage, PhD , MSW and Sebrena Jackson, PhD, MSW in 2022.

Publication Date:

Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal (2022) 39:375–390 2022

Course Material Authors

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Melanie Sage, PhD , MSW

Melanie Sage is an assistant professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Buffalo and previous to that served at the BSW Program Director at the University of North Dakota. Dr. Sage is a LICSW, and holds a PhD in Social Work & Social Research. She teaches practice courses in the MSW and BSSW programs. Her courses include Direct Practice, Advanced Practice with Families, and Children's Mental Health. As the Principal Evaluator on a federal Children's Bureau evaluation project, she investigates the outcomes related to using Family Group Decision Making with American Indian families in North Dakota in partnership with The Village Family Service Center, the agency that delivers the intervention. She has had multiple works published in peer reviewed journals.

Sebrena Jackson, PhD, MSW

Sebrena Jackson is an assistant professor and the MSW Program Director at the University of Alabama. Her two lines of education research include: (1) post-secondary education access for youth transitioning from foster care and (2) online social work education. Dr. Jackson’s research on transition-age foster youth is grounded in her extensive practice experience and expertise in this area. She has published multiple work sin peer reviewed journals.

Course Creator

Elise Vincent, LICSW, PIP

Elise Vincent is a licensed, clinical social worker with ten years’ experience working in Alabama child welfare. She formally served as a case worker at a nonprofit, faith based foster care ministry before becoming Director in 2017. Elise now oversees foster care, college care, and family care for single mothers as Director and provides direct supervision to a team of seven social workers.

Recommended For:

Child Welfare Agencies, Foster Parents, House Parents, Mental Health Counselors and Social Workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. Describe key points in the literature pertaining to foster youth and their interactions with internet communication technology
  2. Identify the youth perspective of benefits and risks to internet communication technology
  3. Discuss the need for further research where gaps in current studies have been indentified

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Course Number 103238
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