Social Media and Youth: Implications for Global Citizenship Education

  • Manisha Pathak-Shelat


In this chapter, I address the possible contribution of social media in global citizenship education (GCE) to reflect the contemporary shifts in the notions of citizenship and education. GCE initiatives should consider two equally important routes in using the affordances of social media: One, to facilitate civic experiences that can optimally use the informal and spontaneous participatory cultures of the digital native youth and two, to design non-formal and classroom based educational experiences using social media that can bring about civic learning not produced by the typical informal social media use. In each case, media and information literacy, competency in agonistic negotiations/contestations, critical geo-political and historical literacy, and public engagement skills are crucial for an effective use of social media for civic purposes.



I thank Devpriya Chakravarty, research scholar with the FPM-C program at MICA for her extensive literature review and copy editing support.


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