#Youthmanifesto: internet access for all

Joao2014One of the topics raised by teenagers in the first phase of the Youth Manifesto was related to the physical infrastructure of the internet. It is a fact that the ability to access the online world is not equal in every part of the globe, and that is an issue that concerns us.

We still tend to see the internet as a virtual environment which you can be connected to by a wireless hotspot. You just pick up the phone and with one touch you have access to your social networks, email and worldwide news. This may seem simple for many people (myself included) but there are many who haven´t even this privilege and we must not forget those.

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Find all the ideas from the Youth Manifesto, available for voting, at www.youthmanifesto.eu/youth-manifesto-proposals

Time to vote for your digital future!

voteYoung people were asked to contribute with their ideas, or vote on the proposals of others, on what would make a better internet. These ideas will be presented to policymakers and industry as part of the Youth Manifesto declaration.

From hundreds of submitted ideas, a European Youth Panel has chosen the best 30 ideas which are now available to be voted by young people. The 10 most voted ideas will form the Youth Manifesto.

So, we hope to count with young people’s contribution once again. Vote on your favourite idea(s) at http://www.youthmanifesto.eu/youth-manifesto-proposals.

Teenagers are using Facebook more, survey says

FacebookA recent survey from Forrester Research claims American adolescents between 12 and 17 years old are using Facebook more than they did a year ago, and twice more than Tumblr and Snapchat.

The survey provides different results from other polls, such as the Pew Research Internet Project report, which suggested adolescents were leaving Facebook. However, it seems the social network is perceived by some teens as less cool.

What about you? Do you think you use Facebook more or less than before? What other services do you use most?

Find out more information about staying safe online when using social networks at http://www.saferinternet.org/online-issues/children-and-young-people.

Are you addicted to your smartphone?

nomophobiaAre you constantly checking your smartphone? Would you rather starve for 24 hours than go without your mobile phone?

Nomophobia is the fear of being out of mobile phone contact, feeling anxious or tense when you lose your mobile phone, run out of battery or have no network coverage. According to the latest Net Children Go Mobile report, 50 per cent of young people interviewed (9-16) “felt a strong need to check their mobile phone very or fairly often”. Take the quiz and find out if you are addicted to your phone!