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Real-Time Communication : Creating a Path to COVID-19 Public Health Activism in Adolescents Using Social Media Sobowale, Kunmi; Hilliard, Heather; Ignaszewski, Martha J.; Chokroverty, Linda

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic and related public health efforts limiting in-person social interactions present unique challenges to adolescents. Social media, which is widely used by adolescents, presents an opportunity to counteract these challenges and promote adolescent health and public health activism. However, public health organizations and officials underuse social media to communicate with adolescents. Using well-established risk communication strategies and insights from adolescent development and human-computer interaction literature, we identify current efforts and gaps, and propose recommendations to advance the use of social media risk communication for adolescents during the COVID-19 pandemic and future disasters.

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