Plugged in, untapped: Using digital technologies to help young people learn to lead

Published: September 2010 Publication Type: Publication

Authors: Maryanna Abdo, Sarah Hewes

Digital technologies can be powerful tools for empowering young people to lead positive social change. But these new resources are no magic bullet, and young people aren’t always the ‘digital natives’ they’re made out to be. While young people are plugged in to digital technologies, their talents remain largely untapped.

‘Plugged in, untapped’ explores the potential of digital technologies as tools to enable young people to develop their leadership capabilities, engage as active citizens and lead positive social change. Drawing on young people’s experiences, it looks at the benefits and limitations of these resources, and provides practical recommendations to policymakers, teachers and organisations to harness the potential of digital technologies to engage and empower young people as leaders of change.

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