YouthMythBusters aims to promote the civic and political engagement of young people at risk of social exclusion and to fight fake news, manipulation and propaganda.
Grant Agreement Number: 2019-1-EL02-KA205-004863
Funded by: Erasmus+ Duration: 09/2019-10/2021
According to Eurofound, young people aged 15-20 or those Not in Education, Employment or Training are less interested in politics (only 28,7%), declare a disposition to vote and demonstrate a lower social participation than non-NEETs. Within this context, the increasing use of internet and social media could create new routes to political and civic engagement.
Actually, 80% of young people 16-29 use internet and social media on a daily basis, however, only 40% of them have the adequate skills and only 2% of them demonstrate critical thinking while searching for information online. This issue has emerged new challenges as the rise of fake news on the internet and social media have caused concerns. At the same time, disinformation is a major threat for European democracies and societies , undermining thus the trust of citizens in democracy and democratic institutions.
Therefore, the combination of low civic and political engagement and low digital skills of young people (mainly NEETs) have intensified the need to address both issues, countering at the same time fake news, propaganda and manipulation.
By stimulating young bloggers to assume the role of the Leader and to empower their peers at risk of social exclusion (mainly NEETs), YouthMythBusters aims at promoting the civic and political engagement of the latter and fighting fake news, manipulation and propaganda.