Celeste Campos-Castillo

Quarter 2 Update

1. Briefly restate the specific aims or objectives associated with this project 

Aim 1: To identify the norms and practices that Latinx adolescents from communities in Milwaukee use to manage the privacy of each other on social media. 

Aim 2: To use information from Aim 1 to develop and disseminate guidelines for how Latinx adolescents can manage each other’s privacy to support their mental wellbeing. 

2. Tell us about the anticipated or real-time impact of this project.

Our initial coding reveals a potential opportunity to offer community resources. We are finding that Latinx youth are eager to help their friends access mental health support, despite it requiring a breach in trust and privacy, but some may need more education about when to intervene. Further, the people Latinx youth seek for help on behalf of their friends, which includes parents and other adult family members, may need education regarding how to intervene effectively. The guidelines we develop to achieve Aim 2 will work toward offering these educational resources to the community.

2. Tell us about problems encountered, changes to your approach, and reasons behind these changes.

We were initially planning on focusing the guidelines to educate only the Latinx youth, but our initial coding suggests we may need to also develop guidelines for the adults caring for Latinx youth. Our initial plan was to seek input from adult caretakers about the guidelines for youth, but we are now planning on seeking their input about the possibility of developing guidelines for how they can also intervene to help the friends of the youth in their care.

Quarter 1 Update

1. Briefly restate the specific aims or objectives associated with this project 

Aim 1: To identify the norms and practices that Latinx adolescents from communities in Milwaukee use to manage the privacy of each other on social media. 

Aim 2: To use information from Aim 1 to develop and disseminate guidelines for how Latinx adolescents can manage each other’s privacy to support their mental wellbeing. 

2. Tell us what excites you about the funded project. 

When we met with Latinx youth on May 2019 to get their input on our research design, we were astounded by how eager they were to share how important social media was to their lives. They use it to poke fun at one another, yet also recognize that things can at times escalate and cross informational boundaries. For example, one adolescent described how she felt it was inappropriate for peers to share details online about chronic fighting occurring between two people at school because it only prolonged the bickering. Our meeting with them affirmed the importance of identifying when social media turns from beneficial to harmful. And, yes, they did check their phones during our gathering! 

3. Tell us more about your team!

Katie Craig is studying the positive and negative effects of the social media content from bodybuilders on body image and diet. Paulina Lim is currently training to be a child psychologist and wants to care for English and Spanish-speaking clients. Andrea Bishop will be joining the team in July and just graduated high school in Waukesha, WI. The PI’s mom is an honorary member of the team and inspects materials translated into Spanish.