Librarians are beginning to address the lack of services for youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by providing flexible and tailored programming and services. One important need among youth with ASD is a better understanding of how to navigate the online environment safely and responsibly. Given different engagement styles with social interaction and communication, youth with ASD may be more susceptible to cyberbullying and misinterpretations during online communications than their peers. This study investigates whether librarians can (or should) play a role in digital citizenship education for youth with ASD and provides suggestions for LIS educators preparing future librarians on how to develop services and programming for neurodiverse youth.
Original Publication Citation
Phillips, A. L., & Anderson, A. (2020). Cyberbullying, digital citizenship, and youth with autism: LIS education as a piece in the puzzle. Library Quarterly, 90(3), 264-282. https://doi.org/10.1086/708957
Phillips, Abigail and Anderson, Amelia, "Cyberbullying, Digital Citizenship, and Youth With Autism: LIS Education as a Piece in the Puzzle" (2020). STEMPS Faculty Publications. 129.