Study on the impact of the internet and social media on youth participation and youth work

Year of production: 2018

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The study examines the impact of the internet, social media and new technology on youth participation and looks at the role of youth work in supporting young people to develop digital skills and new media literacy.

It is based on an extensive collection of data, summarised in an inventory of 50 good practices and 12 case studies reflecting the diversity of youth work from across the EU.

It 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.


Francisco Lupiáñez Villanueva

Federica Porcu

Alexandra Theben

Ismael Peña-López

Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture

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