YOWOMO - Youth Work in the Age of Smartphones and Social Media



Training for Digital Youth Work

The core idea of YOWOMO2.0-Train is to get youth work in shape for the 21st century. Main target group are both youth workers and their trainers. Education and training for both will be developed to acquire competence and make use of up to date digital technology. This will enable professional youth work to become a player in the digitalisation of Europe increasing digital inclusion, community cohesion, digital citizenship, youth participation, while decreasing informational poverty among young people.


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Welcome to YOWOMO

The online course for youth work professionals in the age of smartphones and social media

Why should you take this course?

Smartphone, Snapchat, Facebook, Pokemon Go, WhatsApp … Today the world of children and young people is a mixture of the physical and the digital world. Young people do not go online – the internet has been in their pockets since the day they were born. This entails risks, but also offers opportunities. Professional youth work faces the challenge of developing proper actions in a field where there are more questions than answers. Both the profession and each individual youth worker are confronted with the question: “Am I prepared for the 21st century?” This course is a building block to help you join the digital age.

What will you achieve?

Once you have completed this online course, you will be able to connect better to the daily life of your target group – children and young people.


You will understand their digitalised forms of communication and new ways of relationship building.

  • You are developing a new approach to digitalisation and you can evaluate the opportunities and risks that lie within it.
  • You can meet problems like cyber-mobbing, grooming or sexting competently and can legitimate your actions ethically and legally.

Who is the course for?

Professionals in pedagogical work with children and young people from areas such as youth work, youth welfare or school social work.

What is the main contact of the course?

To contact the authors of the course please send the message via Discussion bookmark.

What is the best way for you to do this course?

The best way is to go step by step thorought each module, it will help you to better understand the aim of the course and got the overall knowledge on the topic . You can also choose which module interest you the most. 

Who developed this course?

This course was developed as part of the Erasmus + Partnership YOWOMO2.0-Train. It involved nine institutions involved in youth work, vocational training and higher education. Partners are from Poland, Romania, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Turkey and the United Kingdom, the developers were able to take a specific European view of the topic, and by involving a wide range of stakeholders, the training was designed to be practically applied.

Funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. The European Commission support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents which reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

Course content

  • 1 Digital relationship

  • 1.1 Digital relationship - To whom you are talking to. Identifying your target groups

  • 1.2 Digital relationship - Good rapport. How to build professional relationship online

  • 1.3 Digital relationship - Media richness - the ladder of opportunities

  • 2 Online attitude

  • 2.1 Online identity

  • 2.2 Online influence and manipulation. Dysfunctional behaviours

  • 2.3 The new normal

  • 2.4 Are you also a professional when you are online?

  • 3 Ethics and practice

  • 3.1 Moral compass. Ethics in your work

  • 3.2 New acting - protocol

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