Use of Social Media and ICT
This theme is concentrating on child and youth participation through the lens of social media.
North American literature shows that adolescents primarily use social media for entertainment (Park & Calamaro, 2013), and civic engagement when “linked to the local territory and its activities” (D’ambrosi & Massoli, 2012, p. 530). In Latin America, most of the research carried out on youth and social media is for marketing purposes, and little has been conducted on human rights and social participation (Bringue et. al., 2011).
In order to fill this knowledge gap in the Caribbean, Latin American and Canada, we are enhancing youth in these regions with surveys, focus groups, community meetings and content analysis of local social media.