#Agents - Young People's Agency in Social Media
Dark side of social media - Perspective of comprehensive security
How are young people equipped to recognise risks of informational influence and to protect themselves from them? How does social media affect the situation picture of young people’s safety and security? How do discussions in social media affect attitudes towards personal and national security? The National Defence University seeks answers to these questions by examining how young people act in social media, focusing especially on the perspectives of informational influence, propaganda, safety and security.
This multi-disciplinary consortium (Finnish National Defence University, University of Jyväskylä, and University of Helsinki) studies how young people, aged 13-19, act in social media environments both as influencers and targets of influence. The focus is both on threats and possibilities - the bright and dark sides - of their agency. #Agents, funded by the Academy of Finland, is part of the Media and Society (MediaSoc) research programme. This consortium combines approaches from military sciences, sociology, psychology, marketing, educational science, and leadership. We work together with the Swiss Military Academy (Military Academy at ETH Zurich) and Newcastle University (UK).
In #Agents, we study how agency in social media is related to young people's identities, world-views, emotions, well-being and, feelings of safety and security at both personal and national levels. Our aim is to develop conceptual and practical tools for social media use to strengthen young people´s positive agency and media literacy in social media environments. In the long term, we aim to strengthen young people's agency and well-being in society as well as national security.
Publications and media coverage
Norri-Sederholm T, Norvanto E, Talvitie-Lamberg K, Huhtinen A-M. (2019). Social Media as the Pulse of National Security Threats: A Framework for Studying How Social Media Influences Young People’s Safety and Security Situation Picture. In Popma, W. & Francis, S. (eds.) Proc. of the 6th European Conference on Social Media. ECSM 2019. pp. 231-237. Academic Conferences and Publishing International Limited.