social media

Social networks: their role in addressing poverty

Paper commissioned to inform the work of the JRF poverty and ethnicity programme, which aims to understand the underlying reasons for variations in low income and deprivation among different ethnic groups in the UK and the problems caused. It also aims to contribute towards solutions to these problems.

The report explains what social networks are, and their benefits; explores how social networks can help address poverty and be made more accessible; and discusses the impacts of government spending cuts on social networks.

Social Media and Youth Participation in Local Democracy

The Social Media and Youth Participation in Local Democracy report was written as a result of a six-month action learning set run with local authorities from across England by the Local Government Information Unit.

The report outlines practical learning about using social media in youth engagement contexts, divided into four sections:

What’s it all about? – giving an overview of key concepts: Youth participation; Social network sites;

Social networking, age and privacy

Report that examines the social networking practices of European children, by age, by SNS and by country.

The intention was to inform evidence-based policy regarding child internet safety, identifying the array of practices that occur in order to provide the means for deliberation over future policy initiatives.

Child Welfare and Technology Spring 2011: CW360º - a comprehensive look at a prevalent child welfare issue

Spring issue of the Child Welfare and Technology journal, which explores child welfare and technology, ranging from information communication technology and social media to data integration and gadgets. It addresses the challenges faced and successes celebrated.

Youth Work and Social Networking - Final Report

The final report of a 2008 study into the use of Social Networking sites amongst statutory sector youth workers in England. Including a detailed literature review of risks and opportunities of social networking; evidence from a national survey and focus groups; and learning from action research projects with different youth work projects. The report sets out a 'youth work response' to social networking, drawing on youth work professional values.

Social media youth participation in local democracy

In 2009, the LGiU’s Children’s Services Network set up a special project in partnership with Practical Participation and other specialists to work with representatives from 30 local authorities. The project has provided useful insights into the mass phenomenon of social networking sites and the
opportunity they present for engaging young people in democratic activity.