A few people have asked be recently for copies of the Social Media Youth Participation in Local Democracy resource I worked on with LGIU out of a practitioners action learning set last year. You can get hold of a print copy from the LGIU direct, or a PDF is available for download below or for viewing on Scribd.
The guide contains four sections:
- What’s it all about? – giving an overview of key concepts
- Youth participation
- Social network sites
- Participation and social network sites
- How are young people using social network sites?
- Why use social networks to involve young people?
- Making the case for using social network sites in youth participation
- Practice – drawing on learning from practitioners across 20 different organisations
- Principles and values
- Measuring impact
- Resources – highlighting practical tools and technologies that can be used
- Three key concepts
- Listening dashboards
- Video sharing and YouTube
- Find out more – signposting to further support
- Online communities
- Practical guides
It’s a sign of the pace of change in social technology that this report, written back in mid 2009, includes detailed sections on engagement on Bebo, which has virtually disappeared as a platform used by young people. However, much of the rest of the content remains as relevant as ever – with case study sections such as the ‘Social Networking for Young People in Care’ section of increasing interest as Children in Care Councils and other groups look towards advocacy and empowerment when resources are reducing.
Download: Social media and youth participation in local democracy (PDF)