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Apr 18

Connecting the dots: Young People, Social Inclusion and Digitalisation

The European Commission and the Council of Europe have agreed to include in the 2018 work plan of their partnership in the youth field a Symposium on young people and digitalisation, connecting the themes of social inclusion and digitalisation.

The 2018 Symposium of the EU-CoE youth partnership will focus on exploring the crossing between social inclusion of young people and digitalisation, reflecting especially on how digitalisation affects young people’s lives, and what the role of youth policy, youth work and youth research can be in this respect.

Firstly, the Symposium will be articulated around young people’s lives, experiences and how digitalisation has an impact on them, especially in relation to young people’s social inclusion.

The thematic focus of the Symposium will be on how social inclusion of young people is or can be affected by digitalisation on questions such as:

  • Access to services, youth-friendly services, services for social inclusion;
  • Reaching out to young people and the digital divide;
  • Resilience and empowerment for social inclusion;
  • Discrimination in the digital space, hate speech, cyber-bullying and harassment.

Secondly, the Symposium will also explore some possible ways ahead for the youth sector, looking in particular at

  • Youth Work: smart youth work (including digital youth work), competences needed from practitioners; the role of youth work in developing young people’s media literacy; using digitalisation for youth empowerment;
  • Youth Policy: the role of youth policy in taking up the theme of digitalisation as part of different programmes aimed at curbing inequality, using new channels to reach out and involve young people (for example, through gaming or apps), acting as a regulator or as a support; and the role of digitalisation in shaping youth policy in all its phases;
  • Youth Research: the role of youth research, identifying further areas of research and the use of data-driven developments for research. 
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