Adolescents growing up in this rapidly digitising world are in a unique position of having their life experiences and opinions shaped by technology; this unprecedented increase in connectivity is changing adolescents’ lived realities by overcoming normative boundaries. However, if digital divides could deepen existing socio-economic divisions. This research seeks to answer, “what are the implications, both positive and negative, of mobile phone and internet use for adolescent voice and agency?”
The study, funded by the GAGE Responsive Research and Evaluation Fund (RREF), found that access to mobile phones is more equitable across class, location and gender, but the quality of access varies. Notably, there are gender differences when it comes to using mobile phones; girls from middle and poorer socio-economic groups and from rural areas are heavily restricted by parents in their use of phones.
Adolescent voice and agency and a safe environment for mobile and internet use are influenced by the role of parents, schools, and government policies.
Huq, L., Khondaker, S., Mahpara, P., Sultan, M., Khondoker, Z.A. and Syed, S. (2021) New Forms of Adolescent Voice and Agency in Bangladesh Through the Use of Mobile Phones and ICT. Report. Dhaka: BRAC Institute of Governance & Development