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Gangs turn to social media for recruitment So do they use Huatsapp and Cannot-Lose-Facebook?

Gangs turn to social media for recruitment So do they use Huatsapp and Cannot-Lose-Facebook?

SINGAPORE: Social media is proving to be a ripe breeding ground for gang recruitment among high-risk youths, new local research revealed on Tuesday (July 29). The study by the National University of Singapore (NUS) is the first study of the impact of social media on high-risk youths, and covered 36 juvenile delinquents aged between 15 and 18. Their 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. "For youths at risk, one important issue is that if they engage in unstructured, unsupervised socialising with their peers, the tendency for them to then engage in acts of delinquency is higher," explained Associate Professor Lim Sun Sun, from the NUS Department of Communications and New Media. One ...

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