ideas, innovations and apps for social work in the age of smartphones and social media
Her are two situations you or your colleagues may know…
- Think of yourself as working in a youth center. A lot of your young visitors are also “friends” of your Youth Centre on facebook. Hence you are able to read their posts and comments, see their photos and what they are up to. While commuting to work you’re checking facebook and you’re reading that one of your visitors has been involved in a fight last night, in which his opponent lost two teeth. What can you do with this information?
- You’re working in residential youth care with young girls. The girls want to show the results of the “beauty & wellness weekend” you did with them in a video on youtube or facebook to their friends. They took pictures and videos of the event with their smartphones without telling you. What do you know about the legal implications, the practical realisation or about the educational benefits of digital storytelling to build up confidence and self-esteem?
Do you really feel confident in these situations? New technologies like smartphones or social media are challenging youth care. On Mobile Social Work there are a lot of postings discussing this issue. Now Mobile Social Work is taking the next step building a European Partnership to work on Mobile Learning and Professional Development in Youth Care. The idea is to bridge the digital divide between youth care workers and their young clients by building digital and mobile literacy using mobile learning as a mean for professional development and transferring the experience into practical work with young clients.
If you want to participate you will find a broader description of the project here.