18:00-19:00 // BOOK PRESENTATION
IN COLLABORATION WITH LIBRERIA GHIBELLINA
Presenter: Giovanni Ziccardi
Speaker: Simone Cosimi, Alberto Rossetti
You’re born, you grow up, you post. Social networks are full of children: who protects them?
The phenomenon of social networks told from the point of view of minors and parents.
This book is both review and a useful guide to understanding, for example, the policies – that is, rules – that govern the presence of children and teenagers on digital platforms.
It looks at the process of building identity in the contemporary digital world, illustrating how children and adolescents use social networks to define their own development, and how these platforms, which are certainly full of opportunities, can also have some important side effects – from cyberbullying to hyper-suggestion, to the complete overlap between devices, instruments and social networks. Some of the main platforms specifically designed for children are reviewed, highlighting how they work and some of their possible weaknesses. The theory running through the pages is that children are almost the main and most sought-after target for most of these platforms, and there are very few tools for protecting their online presence. What there is, is disappointing.