Using social media in Youth Information Work

This discussion is opened for YIntro Train the Trainer and is dealing with the question how we can use Socail Media for informing young poeple, promoting our services, discussing with and getting feedback from young people and whatever comes to your mind how we can use social media for Youth Information Work.

Again everybody from the network who is not in Prague at the moment is welcome to join in (-;

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Social Media and work with young people

Katie Bacon (UK) is doing a lot of interesting stuff on social media and yuth participation.
Have a look at: www.katie.bacon.co.uk
I suggest to put the adress of the site also in the YIntro manual.

bacon without meat

... and for the Vegetarians: http://www.katiebacon.co.uk/

:-))

Greetings from Vienna, Stefan

YP and web

A very nice example of dealing with web behaviour of YP - training course on personal web image, organised by Mingl portal for students and Bos, Serbia.

Program elements:

•I am already part of the digital world - How do we exist on the Internet
• Communication on the web, fashion, netidentity
• Forms of social media, the advantages and disadvantages
• Social network for contacts and acquaintances
• Social media for education
• Online Identity (i) - formal and informal, public and protected, web footprint, how to put on the web just what I want
• Web Search and Information
• How to create text and visual content of digital CVs
• Creating and sharing content and information
• Facebook and Twitter - privacy policy
• Copyright on the Web

www.mingl.org

Although it is future, it is present as well

Social media is future, especially for youngsters. In Croatia more and more young people is in need and/or use social media. Mostly it is for their free time, but number of youth is using it for other purposes as well: education, informing, networking, exchanging data with friends, exchanging opinion with other people, etc. I believe in the frame of youth information work in Croatia it will be soon very popular, it alreday is. The main point for the youth information workers is to learn correct possibilities of using social media and to transfer that knowledge and appropriate instructions to youngsters in their environment. Hope we'll all have chance to exchange possibilities as well as advantages of social media in our daily work.

Social media is future,

Social media is future, especially for youngsters. In Croatia more and more young people is in need and/or use social media. Mostly it is for their free time, but number of youth is using it for other purposes as well: education, informing, networking, exchanging data with friends, exchanging opinion with other people, etc. I believe in the frame of youth information work in Croatia it will be soon very popular, it alreday is. The main point for the youth information workers is to learn correct possibilities of using social media and to transfer that knowledge and appropriate instructions to youngsters in their environment. Hope we'll all have chance to exchange possibilities as well as advantages of social media in our daily work.

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Social Media in Youth Information Work

First of all I would like to put up a question: is internet really so glorious? maybe this question might sound a bit silly...of course now a days young people use the online social media and as a reaction on that we should use them as well to reach them. But I do not thing this should be our priority - to focus mainly on this channel. talking about youth information work I really miss the topic of humanity and sustainabilty of life on this earth. The development in our part of the world can not continue in this way for too long. We are using all our sources and I dont think there is a way back ... Young people are the future! Sure we need to react on their needs, but somehow as a youth information worker I do feel responsibility of educate (in a way)...
Well...now I think Im getting too far and from this point I could really develop totaly different discussion. So lets get back to the topic: yes, using of the socila media and internet as a channel to reach youngsters is the result of our virtual era. But I think we should still continue to meet with people personaly, talk with them face to face, organise workshops, go to schools and festivals, have infobusses, organise peer to peer activities in real life :)etc...We should not skip or decrease this methods, we should emphasise it and increase it! So youth - future of this planet-do not forget how it is to talk to each other, to play, to be alive also without internet connection :)

Social Media in Youth Information Work

I think social media is a big phenomenon among young people today. It is a fact they spend a lot of time using this media(s). There is a question of effectivity for youth information work. Maybe effectivity isn't so high in the way of distributin informations. But it should't be a reason for not using this channel. The possibility of touching some young people exists so why we should give it up. It doesn't spend much money or time, we could try it. There is also other side of using social media for youth information work I absolutely agree, to using them for spying needs, ways of thinking, topics importat and interesting etc. to young people. To know these we can do our work better and effectively. And that is what going on.
PS: Research on this topic could be very interesting.

advantages and little disadvantage in using social media in YIw

Now for us social media can be something what may help us to find out the information needs of young people through following open discussions and comments here. Also you can target diferrent kind of information to different groups of young people with common interests because they are gathering into those groups here, so you can use each time various tool of informing or intervention.
The other advantage is accesable possibility of your self promotion here, i mena to promote your services etc, which you can easily spread out into a lot of young people by doing one click via various invitations, recomendations...
The other thing is, that you can a bit learn something about the language young people use and the way of communication among them at all.
One disadvantage of using social media as a tool of information work can be that YP are already a bit fed up of all those commercials there that they can easily mistake your post with it and then we are losing their confidence.

Interesting subject

We have had some interesting discussions on this topic during our Train the trainer stay in Pragua. I'm still sceptic about the effectiveness of the use of social media. What does it add to the channels we use now? Are we able to put as much effort in this way of communicating with young people that it will really be worth while ( when are the users on line and when are we able to be on line). How many of the users will be pleased with our interference in their virtual social life (which is something different than their real social life!).
I admit that it is a good channel to help us get more information and a better inside look on the way they experience their life but I just doubt whether it wil actually increase the amount of new contacts.
Let's explore the possibility's but on the same time let's be sure nut to chase another hype. I am in favour of doing serious research on the effectiveness on this topic. Is the investment (of money ad manpower) in a reasonable proportion to the effect (more young people benefits form youth information).
Any University interested???

real social life vs. virtual social life?

Dick raised two points I'd like to comment on:

What does it add to the channels we use now?

For me the question is more like "Do we use the right channels to reach young people?" Do we still reach them with the existing channels? Maybe social networks don't necessarily add to the channels we use, but even might replace some of them?
Just to be clear, at the moment I don't see any existing channel to be replaced, but we've seen changes already - or when was the last time any of you received an enquiry via fax or letter? For me evaluation of the possibilities of social media has to be accompanied by the evaluation of the information channels already in use in order to be able to make the best choice for reaching the target group.

How many of the users will be pleased with our interference in their virtual social life (which is something different than their real social life!).

I agree that there are places and spaces where we should not enter and where we wouldn't be welcome at all. No need to act like the hedgehogs in the Grimms fairy tale (I am here already! www.grimmstories.com/en/grimm_fairy-tales/the_hare_and_the_hedgehog).
But I surely disagree with the notion of young people's virtual social lives as something detached from their real social lives. Usually most of the "friends" in social networks are also real life friends or acquaintances, there's not so much difference there between young people and people that ... well, people like us. I mean what can be more real life than adding your mother as a friend on facebook or hyves?

Surely there are things that are restricted to either the "real" or the "virtual" world and most young people are aware of the differences or specifics of each world. However it's one social life they have. Or we have. For me chatting with my sister "virtually" on skype might be different than talking to her face-to-face, nevertheless it's a real social contact. "Different" per se doesn't say anything about the quality of communication, does it?

Social Media in Youth Information Work

I've never used Social Media but thanks to "training the trainers" I realise it should be important to understand the Young better and to give them Information about many things. Maybe my Youth Information Centre could have an existence on the web thanks to Social Media. I may give Information about our actualities and share the documentation I make. I could ask for their opinion and give details concerning my YI centre. It should become an other way of communication for us.
We often give Information by e-mail and on our website... maybe Social Medias offer us a way to touch Young people in La Reunion.
In my island, there are many rural towns, so in these localities the Young prefer use Internet to communicate, to be seen and to find Information without having to inform their parents about all their steps. They often send e-mails to me about many questions.
Social Medias appear as good ways to answer them.

Hello.. Well I am totaly

Hello..
Well I am totaly agree on that social media is an effective method to send information, but at the same time i am bit scared about decrasing participation and get youth people to much confortable checking websites in pijama from home.

I think it is also a way of participation, but at the same time from my point of wiew it is not the most effective participation model... so i think that we have also to keep in mind that information and participation are more than friends.. and we have also to promote on social media ACTIVE PARTICIPATIOn in real world!

Kisses and Hugs!

PD Booo

Social Media in Youth Information Work

Social media in youth information work could be seen as outreaching in internet, we go with our services to the places where your people are. We should also use social media to spy which are the topics they talk about.
In Finland social media is used by the youth information services quite a lot. Most of the centres started to use the social media for marketing and informing about the services and maybe events youth information services organise. We´ll see how far the services will go with using the social media.

Using social media in Youth Information Work

Social Media is a new social environment and a reality in life of young people today, even in developing countries. They spend their time on networks- chating, playing games, discussing,... If that's where they are, that's where we should be as well. For us in countries like Serbia, without systematic approach to youth information, social networks are great way to provide information at least to certain number of young people. So we are using them. They do not offer a solution for us, as there still are young people who do not use Internet that much or they do not use it on a daily basis, but they are cost-effective way to reach certain percentage of youth.

Using social media in Youth Information Work

Social Media is a new social environment and a reality in life of young people today, even in developing countries. They spend their time on networks- chating, playing games, discussing,... If that's where they are, that's where we should be as well. For us in countries like Serbia, without systematic approach to youth information, social networks are great way to provide information at least to certain number of young people. So we are using them. They do not offer a solution for us, as there still are young people who do not use Internet that much or they do not use it on a daily basis, but they are cost-effective way to reach certain percentage of youth.

Social Media as an tool in youth information

It is true that young people are using more and more social media, and there should we be as well. It is exellect way to learn about topics, themes, ideas which are the most discussed areas in youngsters life. In that way we could be one step ahead to be ready when they have more question in these topics.Social media is a good tool beside a face to face work. It is great opportunity to offer right, updated and relevant information and even counselling for young people. We should be aware also all possibilities in social media and as we know, young people change quick their interst and maybe don´t use one social media tool/service long.

Hello Prague,

99% of the Dutch young people use the internet. The average amount of time spend on the net is 10,6 hours a week. They not only using the internet as a source of information it also have become an important part of their social environment. The hang around, browse, flirt, date and show their holiday pictures on the internet. To only promote our work through social media old be a missed chance. To be present and offer Youth Information services through social media is as much working reaching out as for example a Youth Information bus which travels around to “find” youngsters on street corners or the school yard.

To be present and offer services

Hello Marc
You raised an important part of social media despite of marketing the services. I fully agree that it’s important to be there where young people and target group of the service are. Societies and services in social media could and should be used more effectively as one environment where youth information centres has their services.
Yours,
Päivi

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