“Being young, today! Challenges, problems and consequences in the era of digital social networks”

“Being young, today! Challenges, problems and consequences in the era of digital social networks” is the generic title of two sessions that will be given by Pedro Costa, a CECS researcher, to young people in the 2nd and 3rd cycles (basic and unified), in the António Feijó School Group, in Ponte de Lima. The two sessions are scheduled for February 11, at 10:30 am and 2:15 pm, respectively. The initiative arises within the framework of the International Day of the Safe Internet 2020 and aims to warn of the various dangers of the uses of the Internet.

In a study carried out by UNICEF with about 170 thousand young people (aged between 13 and 24 years old) from 30 countries, it is concluded that one in five says they have already missed school due to cyberbullying and violence. Almost 75% of cases of cyberbullying happened on social networks such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter.

These are the most frequent places “where online bullying happens”. But cyberbullying is just one type of threat. There are more types, all of which are considered cybercrimes: crimes against confidentiality, integrity and availability of data and computer systems; crimes related to computer systems; crimes related to content and blackmail practices; crimes committed against copyright and related rights; cyber-stalking crimes; and crimes of incitement to suicide and self-harm.

This initiative is the result of an invitation by the direction of the António Feijó School Group to the CECS researcher Pedro Costa, who studies the theme of the Internet and digital social networks.

[Published: 03-02-2020]