It’s interesting to see that dismissive attitudes toward youth in social media are universal and that, where they turn up, so does the “clicktivism” argument – the one about how online activism is inconsequential, or not real activism (see this). In India, a recent national survey of people 18-35 found that 76% “believe that social media empowers them to bring change to the world,” particularly in the areas of women’s rights and anti-corruption, the Times of India reports. “The respondents indicated that while they are primarily engaged in this space [social media] to connect with peers and garner information, they feel that they almost equally influence consumer choice (28%), human rights and social change, politics and policy making and corporate governance.” Among the social issues of greatest concern among respondents were “protection of the girl child and violence against women” (35%) and anti-corruption (32%). The survey was conducted in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Bangalore. [For more on civic engagement/social activism on NetFamilyNews, click here and here, and see this on U13 kids' nontrivial interests in social media.]
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NetFamilyNews – by Anne Collier
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- At the IGF: Youth participation = greater youth e-safety
- Enabling peer protection: Knowledge is empowerment
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Analysis & News – by Larry Magid
- High school kids show strong support for First Amendment
- UN bringing child rights into the digital age
- IGF attendees complain about censorship in Turkey while some advocate it for youth
- Internet Governance Forum topics include human rights, network neutrality and child protection
- Protecting children online needs to allow for their right to free speech
- It’s time for schools to upgrade both technology and pedagogy
- Why Google (and Facebook) should admit kids under 13
- As Ferguson struggles, Georgia teens create app to rate police departments