Join the Webwise Youth Panel
Are you a post-primary school student who has lots of ideas on how to tackle cyberbullying and harmful online behaviour? If so, then we at Webwise would love to hear from you!
Opportunity For Teenagers to Join the Webwise Youth Panel
We recruit interested teenagers from all over Ireland to be a part of our Webwise Youth Panel every year. We look for proactive teenagers, the people who really want to stand up and speak out against online safety abuses through the Youth Panel. In return we’ll make sure that these views are heard at a national and European level, so that young people can have a real say on the issues that affect them.
The Webwise Youth Panel allows young people to have a real say on the issues that affect them
The Youth Advisory Panel is made up of 30 members and meet on three occasions during the academic year. The panel play an active role in developing the national Safer Internet Day awareness campaign.
Webwise Youth Panel Helps Develop Internet Safety Awareness Campaigns
The Webwise Youth Panel offers many benefits and opportunities including:
- Development of leadership and communication skills
- Have your voice heard on issues that are important to you
- Participation in the creation and development of internet safety programmes and resources
- Participate in global campaigns including Safer Internet Day
- Panelists will receive training from the Webwise team
- Opportunity to meet and work with students across Ireland on internet safety campaigns
- Opportunity to take part in national events including the Zeminar Youth Conference (check out highlights from this year: webwise.ie/zeminar/)
- Opportunity to visit Twitter, Facebook or Google HQ
What do I have to do?
The Webwise Youth Advisory Panel consists of:
- 6 Meetings (Online and Face-to-Face)
- Involvement in the Safer Internet Day Training Programme
- Supporting the development of internet safety resources
- Developing and reviewing social media awareness raising campaigns
- Supporting the promotion and development of Safer Internet Day campaigns and events
- Participating in other events and youth conferences
How do I get Involved:
Students can apply to join the Youth Panel by submitting an application form telling us why they would like to be part of our team. All applications will be considered and the panel will be made up of the students who show greatest enthusiasm and interest in internet safety and in using technology in general. Recruitment starts in September and is advertised on our social media platforms.
Travel costs incurred by panel members in attending the Youth Panel will be covered by Webwise and all Youth Panel meetings will be held in accordance with the Webwise Child Protection Policy.
What Do the Youth Panel Get Up to?
Our current Youth Panel members took part in their first campaign for Safer Internet Day. The Youth Panel was joined by our Safer Internet Day Ambassadors at Facebook HQ to learn all about creating an internet safety campaign in their schools. The day was a lot of fun and really productive. Read all about their experiences of the Training Day from some of our leaders: SID Training Day at Facebook HQ. The SID Ambassadors and Youth Panelists went back to their schools and celebrated by creating some wonderful campaigns. As part of the Training day, the students helped to create a campaign video that was used for the launch of our new resource Be In Ctrl.
The students were asked to attend the launch of the new resource at Croke Park on the 6th of February 2018. Here, we had a Youth Panel discussion led by our MC Jess Kelly. Read about TY student Síofra’s first ever Safer Internet Day and her experiences with Webwise, here.
Following on from that, members of our Youth Panel were asked to participate at an Oireachtas meeting and spoke on the Pat Kenny radio show about Safer Internet Day and online safety.
We were delighted to have our Youth Panelists speak at the Open Policy Debate on online safety this March, to have their voice heard by members of Government, Stakeholders, and Industry. Síofra and Cillian both took part in the panel discussions.