Digitalisation, digital citizenship and digital inclusion have a profound impact on the daily reality if young people and their social inclusion and participation. While all these concepts have been addressed at length separately, their interaction and has been less explored.
In 2018, EU-Council of Europe youth partnership organised a Symposium ‘Young people, social inclusion and digitalisation’, which indicated, among other things, the need to better understand the reality of digitalisation in young people’s lives, the implications for the youth sector, the adaptations required from youth work and youth policy in order to be better prepared to face the challenges, and exploit the opportunities that current and new digital tools and trends offer.
Following the Symposium, in 2019, the EU-Council of Europe youth partnership continued to explore this interaction, with the support of the Expert Group, reflecting on how we can make use of inclusion opportunities arising from the new digital reality and draw conclusions for youth policy, practice and research. The results of this work are the Study on social inclusion, digitalisation and young people and the Youth Knowledge book on the same topic.
The study presents a collection of European and national policies, existing digital platforms, online tools and educational and training opportunities available to young people and youth workers or teachers, and a selection of risks and opportunities associated with social inclusion of young people within the digital realm.
Join us for the online launch of the study on 27 April at 11:00 CET, with two of the authors, Veronica ȘTEFAN, Digital Citizens - Think Tank and Adina Marina Serban, PhD, Center for Sustainable Community Development (CSCD).