Mobilizing Social Networking Technology to Empower a New Generation of Civic Activism Among Youth
Kenneth Carano, Natalie Keefer, Michael Berson, University of South Florida, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in San Antonio, Texas, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-61-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Through innovative websites and blogs, young people are discovering social networks, which are successfully providing youth a voice in the public arena. These forms of communication are becoming so powerful, even President Bush acknowledged its impact of providing information and suggested that the United States will have a freer press if the public embraces these new, innovative ways of communicating. This manuscript examines methods by which social networking tools are being integrated in youth civic websites to foster civic dialogue and debate among different student groups. Many civic sites, geared towards youth, have successfully shaped their activities and used language, which makes it attractive for youth to engage in the public forum. Some of those sites, which are encouraging a movement towards social activism, will be explored. In addition, this paper will address ways these innovations can be applied in classroom settings.
Carano, K., Keefer, N. & Berson, M. (2007). Mobilizing Social Networking Technology to Empower a New Generation of Civic Activism Among Youth. In R. Carlsen, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2007--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 3531-3538). San Antonio, Texas, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).