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. “The government should consider funding programmes that educate youth workers in social media because lots of people are still using the same ideas they did in 2001 and 2005 and they are presenting them in 2017, when the scope has changed,” Pinkney told the Guardian. “If there is a fight outside school now, for example, the chances are that social media has been involved and we help professionals understand that,” he said. Earlier this week, the Metropolitan police commissioner, Cressida Dick, blamed social media for playing a part in youth violence. She told the Times that social media sites “rev people up” and trivial disputes could escalate into violence “within minutes” when rivals set out to goad each other on the internet. Pinkney started running the social media… Read full this story
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