Study on the impact of the internet and social media on youth participation and youth work.
The study focuses on how the internet and social media influence young people’s active citizenship and political participation and explores non-formal learning methods and tools which can lead to the development of relevant skills and competences.
As youth work provides various activities specifically aimed at participation, critical engagement in public life and social activism, it has been confronted with new challenges such as globalization, migration and rising inequalities. Open Evidence will assist the European Commission in exploring how the internet and social media influence young people’s active citizenship and participation in the public spheres of democratic societies and how youth workers as well as public authorities can use these tools to engage with young people in an effective and meaningful way.
The study will look at the topic of social and civic education in youth work considering non-formal learning methods and tools which can lead to the development of relevant skills and competences. It will focus on the impact of the internet, social media and new technology, while analyzing new, alternative forms of young people’s participation alongside new ways of political engagement and interaction. Focus will also be set on educational aspects that enhance the development of digital skills and new media literacy in order to ensure that the new medium can be exploited to its fullest, and new, effective digital learning and teaching methods and tools experience an increased outreach to young people. Special attention will be paid to the structured dialogue and the consideration how to make it more innovative and inclusive.
The study includes a comprehensive review of literature devoted to the areas covered such as education, youth work and non-formal learning, the internet/social media and young people’s active citizenship and participation. It further includes an inventory of good practices that reflects the diversity of youth work, as well as in-depth case studies enabling a more profound understanding of the impact of the internet and social media on young people’s participation and youth work.
The outcomes of the study will be used for identifying, developing and testing new methods and tools in European training, seminars and youth projects, to enhance cross-sectoral cooperation opportunities offered by the Erasmus+ programme, and last but not least informing policy framework at EU level and at national levels, in line with the current operational agenda in the youth.