Researchers from the bYou project presented the communication Participation through the lenses of children and youth in Portugal: conceptions, forms and reasons for participating and not participating at the conference “Disrupted or disruptive audiences? From reception to participation in a post-truth era”. The ECREA Audience and Reception Studies Section was organizaed by the European Communication and Education Association (ECREA) in partnership with SOPCOM, Lusófona University and NOVA University, on September 12-14, in Porto.
The communication addressed important issues related to types of participation (and non-participation) by exploring spaces and opportunities based on the contributions from children and young people. The study presented relevant subsidies to analyze one of the central questions proposed by the event, the correlation between reception and production of knowledge and information, combined with the forms and perceptions of what constitutes participation today. The data analyzed refer to the statements of 390 respondents from the 6th, 9th and 12th grades, from 5 territorial units (NUTS II) in mainland Portugal.