Gangs turn to social media for recruitment

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

TODAY Online

A new study conducted by Associate Professor Lim Sun Sun, who is from the Department of Communications and New Media at the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, showed that social media is proving to be a ripe breeding ground for gang recruitment among high-risk youths.

This is the first study of the impact of social media on high-risk youths, and covered 36 juvenile delinquents aged between 15 and 18 whose criminal records span the gamut of theft, robbery, drugs and even rioting. The research showed that through platforms like Facebook, these youths socialised with peers connected to gangs and were drawn into their criminal activities.

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