Overcoming strategies of adolescents’ risky online self-disclosure
Aim. Adolescents’ online self-disclosure has a positive influence on adolescents’ development but may also be related to risks that adolescents may not be able to overcome. Thus, the purpose of this study is to find out what do adolescents think about the risks of online self-disclosure and what are the coping strategies they use to overcome these risks.
Methods. To reach the purpose of the study, four focus groups have been organized. Students were asked what do they think about online self-disclosure and what kind of strategies do they use to overcome negative consequences of risky online disclosure. Content analysis has been used to analyse the collected data. Twenty-one students (18 females and 3 males, 11-17 years), have participated in the study.
Results and conclusion. The results of the study have shown that the coping strategies adolescents use are: asking help from adults, stalker prevention, online privacy management, and awareness of online self-disclosure.
Key words: online self-disclosure, adolescents, risky behaviour.