We are glad to announce that the “Study on the Impact of the Internet and Social Media on Youth Participation and Youth work” has been published by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) of the European commission and it is ready for download .
The affordances of digital technologies have changed the way in which young people communicate and interact, and have fostered new opportunities for social and political participation. Youth work can play a vital part in providing young people with skills and competences to exploit the benefits and navigate the risks of the new medium. The report presents the findings of a study examining the impact of the internet, social media and new technology. Furthermore, it analyses new and alternative forms of young people’s participation alongside new ways of political engagement and interaction. It looks at the role of youth work in supporting young people to develop digital skills and new media literacy to exploit the new medium to the fullest with a critical mind, together with new skills and competences required by youth workers in this changing context.
The study, based on an extensive collection of data concerning the internet and social media-based tools and methods in youth work, summarised in an inventory of 50 good practices and 12 case studies reflecting the diversity of youth work from across the EU:
- #NichtEgal (Germany)
- A Scuola di OPENCOESIONE (Italy)
- Bytes (North Ireland)
- Capital Digital (Belgium)
- Demokratie in Bewegung (Germany)
- GameOverHate ( Austria, Denmark, Germany, Norway, Portugal, Sweden)
- Generation 0101 (Croatia, Cyprus, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Turkey)
- Mediacoach (Belgium)
- Parlameter (Slovenia)
- Simbioza Šola (Slovenia)
- SocialWeb – SocialWork (Germany, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Poland, Spain)
- SpunOut.ie (Ireland)
Moreovere, the study confirms that youth work has an important role to play, but more has to be done by policy makers at both EU and national level to respond to the challenges and adapt policies in order to foster engagement and active citizenship of young people. The report provides concrete recommendations in respect of the EU policy context for youth and education and training.
Through this study Open Evidence assisted 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 has been 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.