DIGITAL BUT NOT NATIVES
None of the teenagers that took part in Breaking Barriers were explorative in their way of using internet. They quickly settled into a consumer-pattern, watching things and reading blogs recommended by their friends and communicating mainly with people they already knew. One or two brought up the possibility of anonymity as a relief when interacting with new people online. Other than that, the digital world didn’t really offer anything other than the physical, but access. How to find stories that help you, inspire you and challenge you was a real need for the teenagers we met, and where and how to share your own stories. Stories are empowering.
In Breaking Barriers we have met 60 teenagers in conversations and workshops.
We have met them in Kista Stockholm, Nacka Stockholm and Sätra Gävle.
We have spoken to youth-leaders, teachers, librarians and others who work with young people, digitalization and democracy.