Youth, Digital Media and Their Roles in Social Changes

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YOUTH, DIGITAL MEDIA AND THEIR ROLES IN SOCIAL CHANGES Idola Perdini Putri Communication Science Program Study – School of Multimedia and Communication Telkom Institute of Management Jalan Telekomunikasi No. 1 – Dayeuh Kolot, Bandung Cell. +6285294258565 / e-mail: INTRODUCTION New Media And Youth Every day, a story runs in the news media that relates to teenagers and the internet or social networking or digital media. There are many stories –one of them for example- about sexual predators tracking down teen users through social networking site, or tons of stories about personal disclosure. Whatever, there no many stories explained about young people using new digital media for good. The media…show more content…
The numbers of ‘bloggers’ in Indonesia are also increasing. Initially, the number of 'bloggers' in 2007 only amounted to 130,000 people, then in 2008 to 600 thousand `blogger`, and increased to 1.2 million `blogger` in 2009. That number increased dramatically to 3.4 million in 2010. ( From this amount, teenagers dominated the Internet users in Indonesia. The word "teenagers" itself derived from latin word “adolescence”, which means to grow or to grow maturity. According to Papalia, Olds and Feldman in his book Human Development, adolescence is a developmental transition between childhood and adulthood which are generally begins at age 12 or 13 years and ended in late teens or early twenties (Papalia, Olds & Feldman, 2009: 11). A variety of group has interprets the word of ‘teens’ differently. WHO said teens is the age of group 12-24 years; meanwhile Indonesia Health Department defined teens in the age of group 10-19 years; and the 1998 Youth Manifesto sets teens in the age of group of 10-24 years; even Indonesia Youth Regulations proposes that teens is Indonesia resident in the group of ages 18-35 years. In general Indonesia young people, according to BPS (Badan Pusat Statistik – Indonesia Central Statistical Agency) Catalog: 3101015 August 2011, stated that the number of adolescents aged 10-24 years old Indonesia based on the census in 2010
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