Where the teens are hanging out in quarantine

For some teens, especially in urban areas or low-income families, private hangout spaces were hard to find even before the pandemic, and digital spaces were long considered a place of refuge. “Teens were under surveillance all the time and didn’t have options other than the digital and mobile space to have private communication in the home,” says Mimi Ito, director of the Connected Learning Lab at the University of California, Irvine, and co-founder of the nonprofit Connected Camps. … Research at the Connected Learning Lab (CLL) … has taken on an additional weight as digital hangouts have become the only hangouts for many.