5 Feb 2010

New training dates 1 day Social Media & Social Networking course for Youth Professionals

[Translate] Social media can amplify the positives and negatives of everyday life for young people, and can expose them to new opportunities and new risks. There are undoubtedly both positive and negative aspects to social media – but whatever our views – Youth Professionals need to understand the online activities and... Read More
5 Feb 2010

Social Media & Social Network Training

[Translate] Social Media & Social Networking: Exploration day for Afasic http://www.afasic.org.uk/ Afasic seeks to raise awareness and to create better services and provision for children and young people with speech and language impairments. It works in partnership with local and national government, professional and statutory bodies and other voluntary organisations. Tim Davies and I co-delivered... Read More
5 Feb 2010

Where to Start?

[Translate] One step @ a time….I have had numerous conversations with youth practitioners who have expressed frustration about the resistance and lack of interest from colleagues/local authority. Other professionals have expressed interest but feel overwhelmed about how and/or what level of ‘online engagement’ to start with and where to aim towards. During... Read More
5 Feb 2010

Online pornography and young people

[Translate] This blog discusses topics of a sexual nature which some people may find offensive. I have been explicit about the subject matter to prevent ambiguity. I intend no offense, but want to be clear and explicit before you read the blog. One of the areas I am currently exploring is how... Read More
5 Feb 2010

Social Media Training for Youth Professionals

[Translate] For the last 2 years I have been researching and developing methodologies and polices in the practical application of online social media platforms to gain the views of vulnerable young people. I have successfully engaged and enabled young people to express their views online and participate with local decision makers... Read More
5 Feb 2010

Social Media Youth Participation in Local Democracy

[Translate] Author Edited by Jasmine Ali, LGiU and Tim Davies, Practical Participation Date published 05/11/2009 ISBN 978 1 903731 90 1 Price to members £10 Price to non-members £10 Summary This practical guide aims to help councils understand and ultimately harness the power of social media as an important tool for engaging young people in democratic activity. In 2009 the LGiU’s Children’s Services... Read More
5 Feb 2010

Interpreting online dialogue/content between young people and practitioners

[Translate] Social media can enable the voluntary engagement of young people. Young people can decided if they want to engage and contribute. There is no obligation and there is the removal of the pressure to appease adult(s). I have a concern however, about the possiblemisinterpretation and over reaction by adults to young person(s) ‘written’... Read More
5 Feb 2010

“Signposting” young people online to informative webpages and helplines

[Translate] There are some good young person specific informative webpages online; substance misuse, cyber bullying, sexual health, mental health and housing support etc offering a variety of services such as freephone calls for advice and support or 24 hr helplines, short film clips that clearly explain what the provision provides and what to expect if... Read More
5 Feb 2010

Social Reporting…

[Translate] What’s that all about? Hold onto to your seat, this is where digital media and ‘honest/raw’ feedback from young people/public can take place. For an insight and introduction you need to go check out: David Wilcox’s informative blog on social reporting – well worth a read. Another good guide onsocial reporting by White... Read More
5 Feb 2010

How to gain permission/clearance to use social media within your practice?

[Translate] Gaining permission to utilising social media to engage with young people online can be a challenge as ‘some’ organisations and managers are resistant due to lack of knowledge or experience of social media. Also as it’s such a new methodology to engage with young people funds may have not been allocated... Read More