(PRWEB) June 29, 2012
Safe Youth is a new training course developed by DigitalMe and Artswork, to meet the need of many arts and youth organisations that are keen to develop the skills and knowledge required to safely use social media to engage with young people.
The course, which was developed in consultation with e-safety expert Joe Plachinski, introduces the advantages and risks of using social media and provides tips for organisations looking to use sites like Facebook and Twitter to engage and communicate with young people, as well as promoting their services and events.
The course introduces acceptable use policies, which organisations can develop to advise and protect both staff and young people when using social networks.
Safe Youth also looks to provide trainees with the skills and knowledge to raise young people’s awareness of privacy and safety settings on sites such as Facebook, and manage their reputation, ensuring their online presence does not affect them negatively in the future. The one day course is accompanied by a comprehensive e-resource pack which includes activity resources to be used with young people to develop their knowledge and awareness, along with tips, guides and policy templates.
Safe Youth trainees at a recent session commented that the course was an “incredibly useful day” and left them feeling “more equipped to move forwards in terms of young person led safe social networking and our dissemination of information, as well as marketing for projects”.
DigitalMe ran break-out workshops at the Protect: Young People in the Arts Conference in London this week, which introduced the principles of Safe Youth and allowed delegates to explore their common concerns and potential solutions.
Safe Youth regional courses are currently available in Manchester and Bradford this Autumn, and can be booked through the Artswork website!
More courses nationwide will be available soon, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest and find out more about training near you.