social networking

New media, young people and the internet

Alcohol marketing on the internet is growing rapidly, with the alcohol industry utilizing a range of new and interactive techniques to reach existing and new customers. Of particular concern is the presence of alcohol companies on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, and video sharing sites such as YouTube, given that huge numbers of children and young people use these sites on a regular basis, and are consequently at risk of exposure to marketing intended for adults.

How young people look for information online: a survey of views in six European countries

Research that has been undertaken as part of the European Digital Youth Information Project (EDYIP), a networking project on the theme of online information for young people. The aim of the research is to provide insights into the issues that young people face when searching for online information in order to inform the development of good practice on how best to reach young people through the internet.

Using social media

Social media guidance for social service workers.

Getting on: a manifesto for older people in a networked nation

Despite older age being the best time of life to be using the Internet, more than 5.7 million UK over-65-year-olds have never been online. Internet access should play a key role in successful ageing and help build links across generations and geographies for the UK’s older people, yet millions remain excluded from social, financial and developmental opportunities that the vast majority of the UK population now takes for granted.

Children, young people and the commercial world

Survey of children and young people's awareness of commercialisation and its influence.

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 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.

Risky communication online

Report by EU Kids Online on how young people use the internet to communicate with others.

EU Kids Online is funded by the EC Safer Internet Programme (contract SIP-KEP-321803) from 2009-11 to enhance knowledge of children’s and parents’ experiences and practices regarding risky and safer use of the internet and new online technologies.