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  1. 1. Social media is now part of the woven fabric of everyday life, particularly for young people wether it betexting, facebook, twitter or catching the latest clip on youtube. Social media offers practitioners a costeffective & powerful tool to engage with a vast & diverse audience from their desk tops. Online YouthOutreach is a specialist company focused on delivering the solutions to remove these barriers and optimizesocial media as a key tool in youth provision services. There are a variety of courses & solutions we can offerdepending on where your organisation is in the journey to adopting social media and realising the potential.Please email Katie Bacon for more information or follow on Twitter @Katie_bacon Presentation notes from Online Youth OutreachLiving and learning with New Media; Summary findings from the Digital Youth ProjectIto, Mizuko, Heather A. Horst, Matteo Bittanti, danah boyd, Becky Herr-Stephenson, Patricia G.Lange, C.J. Pascoe, and Laura Robinson (with Sonja Baumer, Rachel Cody, Dilan Mahendran,Katynka Martínez, Dan Perkel, Christo Sims, and Lisa Tripp.) Living and Learning with NewMedia: Summary of Findings from the Digital Youth Project. The John D. and Catherine T.MacArthur Foundation Reports on Digital Media and Learning, November 2008 Youth Work practice modelDifferent professionals have different roles in supporting young people. The right response for eachprofessional will depend upon: · Their job role; · The sorts of activities they already work on to support young people; · Their professional ethics; · Their technical skills; · The available technology within their organisation;Even then, there is not ʻthe youth work wayʼ, ʻthe social work wayʼ and ʻthe teenage pregnancy co-ordinator wayʼ of using social media – there are variations within each profession. You can think ofthe responses as running on a scale from ʻAwarenessʼ to ʻOnline working and outreachʼ · All practitioners need to have awareness of social media – and to be able to understand that social media impacts upon young peopleʼs lives. · It is important that all practitioners are aware of both the opportunities and risks of social media, and are able to respond as required to young peopleʼs needs with this awareness of social media in mind. · Practitioners can support young people to understand, explore and navigate growing up in a social media rich world. · This doesnʼt mean practitioners have to use social media in their work, or be digitally savvy. But practitioners can provide the space for young people to talk in peer groups about issues of online identity or online behaviour, or they can make sure they take account of the Internet when designing projects. · For example, recognising that photos are often shared online by young people after events, a practitioner might spend time discussing with a group some ground-rules for photo sharing – using it as an opportunity to get the group thinking about the content they put online. Katie Bacon @Katie_bacon
  2. 2. · Practitioners can use social media as a tool – whether to get content for face-to-face sessions, working with young people to create content and share content online, or extending face-to-face work through online discussions. · There are many different ways in which social media can be a youth practice tool for practitioners who take time to develop the skills to use it – and who make sure their use of social media in their work is built on safe-and-sound foundations. · Later in this document you can find a range of examples of how social media can be used as a tool for practice. · Practitioners can develop online working and social media outreach. The approaches listed above all extend face-to-face work. You can also use social media to develop new forms of online practice and projects – where work with young people may take place solely online, or where your work may start online instead of face-to-face. · Social media tools can be used to promote new projects. You can also adopt a community development approach to online spaces – thinking about the forms of content and conversation that could be encouraged by practitioners playing a constructive role.The Youth Work and Social Networking report (Davies and Cranston, 2008 sets out a ʻYouth Work perspective on SocialNetworkingʼ and explores how the professional values of youth work can be used to inform youthwork through social networks and social media. It can be useful to work out your own social mediapractice by starting from your goals and professional values. T. Davies, K. Bacon; Youth Work &Social Media,Training Handbook: November 2009Examples of Digital Youth practiceFilm clip - Young womenʼs project practitioner sharing her experiences on attempting to use newmedia tools (Bacon 2011)Film clip - Young peopleʼs views on social media and online support (Bacon, 2010)Film clip - Youth workers sharing how they plan to use new media in their practice. (Bacon, 2011)PLINGS project clip on PLINGS (Flower, 2010)Savvy Chavvy - Online forum for Gypsies and young travellersFilm clip - Katie Bacon @Katie_bacon
  3. 3. UK Webpages for young people & youth practitioners about online safety:Think you Know - - - - Council for Child Internet Safety - new media tools to use with young people.Animoto: turns your photos and video clips into professional video slideshows in minutes. Fast,free and shockingly simple a mobile & web platform that effortlessly allows you to record and upload audio for yourfriends, family or the rest of the world to hear. Really easy to use!http://audioboo.fmWordle: a tool to generate “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greaterprominence to words that appear more frequently in the source texthttp://www.wordle.netOnline Youth Outreach Katie Bacon @Katie_bacon
  4. 4. Katie Bacon @Katie_bacon