Youth workers should be given training sessions on the link between social media and violence, experts have told the Guardian, amid warnings that gangs are increasingly using social media sites to taunt each other. Criminology lecturer and youth worker Craig Pinkney , who runs one-day courses in the UK and internationally for people who work with young people, including youth workers, social workers and teachers, says the government needs to modernise its approach. Earlier this week, the Metropolitan police commissioner, Cressida Dick, blamed social media for playing a part in youth violence. Pinkney started running the social media sessions for youth workers a year ago after writing a report on how gangs organise themselves online.
Social Media May Provoke Violent Conflicts, But Can It Prevent Them Too?
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Verified by Psychology Today. Inside Out, Outside In. December 21 the National Rifle Association NRA blamed the media for promoting violent video games and movies and then cited these phenomena as the primary causes of mass violence. The NRA is not alone in this accusation. The Virginia Tech shooter, like the Columbine shooters before him, had drunk from this cesspool. The assertions that violent movies and videogame cause kids to become violent have been made for a long time.
Social media related to violence by young people, say experts
When a gang member on the south side of Chicago posted a photo of himself throwing down a gang sign in enemy territory on his social media account, the backlash was immediate and severe. The response was not limited to the comments section alone; it took only an hour for rival gang members to find and confront the person posing in the picture. To support their claim, the authors conducted seventeen in-depth interviews with violence outreach workers and violence prevention program managers in Chicago. The authors begin by emphasizing how social media has profoundly changed the way street conflicts are instigated and resolved—sometimes peacefully, sometimes less so. Insults and threats that were once exclusively exchanged on the street are now furled, magnified and distributed across Twitter, Facebook and other online platforms.
NEW YORK Reuters Health - Children who get heavy doses of media violence may be at greater risk of violent behavior as teenagers — even when a range of other influences is considered, according to a new study. A man looks at video games at a shop in Tokyo's Akihabara district June 9, The findings, reported in an early online edition of the Journal of Youth and Adolescence, come from interviews with teenagers and surveys of their parents and teachers.