Youth and Information: 2011

More than 2,700,000 students between the ages of 14 and 19 years, among them 1,802,000 boys participating in the initiative of "The Quality Information in the Classroom", sponsored by the Osservatorio Permanente Giovani-Editori: this is the sample extremely representative within which the research was conducted 'Youth Information' conducted by Gfk Eurisko.

Initiative which, in addition to being popular with students and teachers, brought tangible results in terms of growth: more than 750,000 copies sold in the age group of young people interested in the 10 years of the Osservatorio's activities chaired by Andrea Ceccherini.

Among the data as well as the overall growth in the appreciation of "The Quality Information in the Classroom" reported by the teachers and students from 2010 to 2011 increased from 23% to 32%. The request to continue this experience is unique and expressed by 60% of students, many of whom (62%) has already participated more than once. The teachers expressed gratitude to "The Quality Information in the classroom" because it offers them the opportunity to recover its role, dealing with novel stimuli teaching. The young teenagers, however, they discover the world outside of their ego, coming into contact with politics, economics and civic rights and duties.

The survey shows teens open to technological innovation and carriers of change that brings the means of communication in the network in the first place between the levels of preference expressed by the younger generation.

From the research also shows that online newspapers are the most watched by young people because they are able to engage them in a pleasant and direct and in form, both in content. Nevertheless, the daily paper wins the comparison with the information online regarding the reliability and thoroughness.

Young people, by the numbers of the survey, seem to have high expectations for the future: 72% of them are willing to get to the summit of his career, 77% are aware that will have to build a career with his own hands, but concerns there, so that 57% of them defines worried about their future. Difficulty aside, 59% of boys want to grow up.

A critical relationship is the one that emerges among young people and the work. The youth problems is influenced by the crisis of recent years. In particular, 73% of guys say to be very or somewhat concerned, 56% bother to get the right practical skills to be spent in the profession and 50% expressed concern of being able to understand the dynamics of the labor market. The unemployment data are not comforting. Istat, in the last quarter of 2010, an estimated unemployment rate increased 8.7%.

It is especially the youth unemployment rate between 15 and 24 years to record a trend increase, reaching 24.7%. Finally, the relationship between young people and institutions: students showed a generalized distrust of institutions and seem distant and uninterested in politics. A trend that has also reflected on the concept of citizenship and opens the theme of the importance and the necessity of civic education in the classroom.

The research shows finally a fact: participation in the project of 'The Quality Information in the Classroom' increases the propensity of young people to social commitment and their interest in topics related: for the economy and finance, for example, only 27% - among the non-exposed to the project - say they are concerned, compared with 49% of those who are involved in the 'newspaper in class'. Same thing in politics (17% versus 46%) and the duties of a citizen towards the state (divided into different facilities such as, for example, pay taxes, obey the laws, etc..).