Jenny Zhu
Jenny Zhu
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Toward Youth 2.0 in the UK

UK Youth Online is a network for exploring how youth work and professionals in informal education can support young people in an ever more digital world. To clarify, “informal education” is education that takes place outside of the classroom — in after-school programs, community-based organizations, museums, libraries, at home or what have you.

Network Creator Tim Davies has been involved in working with young people and technology as an independent researcher, consultant and partipcipation practitioner. He’s clearly keeping busy in organizing the UK Youth Online unconference, a free event which was open for anyone interested in the intersection of youth and technology. The UK Youth Online unconference is based on four key themes: online safety and opportunity; youth participation online; promoting services and messages to young people; and projects: youth work 2.0. In the truly collaborative spirit of UK Youth Online, attendees are welcome to suggest session ideas for the event.

There are lots of great discussions taking place, including my favorite – “how are you using social networks in work with young people?” Members are working together to establish policies and guidelines, discuss interesting points and address issues of access.

Interested in getting involved? Dive headfirst into UK Youth Online!