CHAPTER 3. TECHNOLOGIES AND YOUTH: KEY DIMENSIONS FOR INVESTIGATING GENDER DIFFERENCES IN INTERNET ACCESS AND USE

This chapter investigates the activities of young people online in Brazil and discusses their views on privacy and cyber violence as well as how they manage their information online.

The experience of young people sets the stage for gender inequality in later life. In Brazil, both boys and girls aged 11–17 believe that parents are more restrictive and controlling of girls’ use of the internet. Many attribute this difference to gendered norms of what is appropriate or acceptable for girls. However, limited access to ICT may influence how children find and uptake opportunities.


Girls have more concerns about their personal information online being more exposed to risky situations; they are also more likely to suffer negative consequences from this than boys.


The non-consensual disclosure of nude photos is gender-based: girls’ photos are disclosed by boys, without consent. The consequences of such actions are perceived as extremely problematic for girls, with consequences ranging from changing schools to depression and suicide attempts. Both girls and boys say they don’t know how to proceed or who to turn to for help in situations of non-consensual disclosure of nude photos.

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