Children, Youth and Media

On September 19th and 20th 2019, Dr. Manel Jiménez, Dr. Alan Salvadó and Marta Lopera from Universitat Pompeu Fabra attended the Congress “Children and Adolescents in the era of SmartsScreens: Risks, Threats and Opportunities reloaded” that took place at the Universidad de Salamanca. The congress was part of the ECREA-CYM (European Communication Research and Education Association – Children, Youth and Media).

In this context, the three researchers presented part of HEBE’s search under the title: “Youth empowerment from the creation of web docs: An educational and social impact”, which explored how Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) are perceived as key elements in the educational process of adolescents. The web doc, as has already been seen in previous publications, has the experiences and reflections of the maturation stage of six young Damaris, Jaume, Daniela, Mohammed, Cristina and Sebas with different backgrounds and cultural, educational, family and social profiles from their own audiovisual creations, in a format of life story.

The research showed how the teenagers of this web doc through the use of different ICTs allowed breaking the stereotypes around interculturality through their first-person stories which present a wide range of aspects such as personal emancipation, sexual diversity, religious worship, migratory flows, minority groups or groups at risk of exclusion, etc. In this way the web doc exposes two purposes. On the one hand, (1) to design a participatory research methodology on empowerment, and thus be able to contribute to the reflection on how this “online space” for the representation of diversity can become a space for empowerment and make it available to the public for its contributions in the form of science and citizen participation and, on the other hand (2) to create an interactive platform for sharing empowerment experiences while promoting the visibility of certain profiles, collectives, themes and moments (including historical ones) so that young people understand that cultural diversity is a genuine and identifying element. Therefore, the project showed, as a final result, how the use of “screens”, in this case digital and interactive, can be an educational opportunity.