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Black Youth Beyond the Digital Divide: Age and Gender Differences in Internet Use, Communication Patterns, and Victimization Experiences

NCJ Number
Journal of Black Psychology Volume: 40 Issue: 3 Dated: June 2014 Pages: 291-307
Brendesha M. Tynes; Kimberly J. Mitchell
Date Published
June 2014
17 pages

Using a nationally representative diverse sample of 10- to 17-year-old youth, this study explores Black youths' Internet use, communication patterns, behavior, and victimization experiences via Internet and cell phone.


Findings yielded a number of differences between Black and non-Black youth, with Black youth using the Internet with more intensity and being more likely to gain access via cell phone. Notable within-group differences emerged, including the increased rates of sexual victimization and being sent sexual images via text for girls. With age, participants tended to communicate with more people they met online. In addition, the adolescent developmental task of exploring sexuality became more pronounced in the 13 to 15 and 16 to 17 age groups. (Publisher abstract modified)