Echo Chamber 3 – Love Bradford Love Digital
The event that aims to bring decision makers, specialist services and individuals who are passionate about how Digital can promote Mental Wellbeing and build resilience across our district.
We want to promote and celebrate online participation and explore suggestions to overcome Digital exclusion across Bradford. Celebrating how Digital can be used to share positive stories and explore diversity across our district.
Despite appearances, though, young people aren’t born with digital skills. The development of digital skills requires space to explore, coupled with help to learn.
Vulnerable young people, particularly those at points of transition in their life (in care, excluded from mainstream education, homeless, unemployed, seeking asylum), are most at risk of slipping through the net and falling outside the digital mainstream.
They may lack the access, support, technical ability, confidence or motivation to develop their basic online skills.
Critical literacy skills (awareness of the interests behind content online) may be lacking. Only frequent use builds confidence and skills.
Yes, a young person might watch online video content or play games, but passive consumption of online entertainment isn’t digital inclusion.
To experience the opportunities offered by access to limitless information we need a range of online skills: in problem solving, transacting, communicating, creating and managing our information.
An accurate picture of the extent of the issue is hard to create.
Recent research by The Prince’s Trust, ‘Slipping Through the Net’, found that around 40 per cent of disadvantaged young people are being held back in the digital world because they struggle with ‘netiquette’ (how to deal with their own behaviour or the behaviour of others online).
The event has been organised by our MYMUP Ambassadors a group of young people who are passionate about Mental Health and Wellbeing. The event is free and open to anyone who is passionate about young people accessing online content.
We will be releasing the speakers and event activities in the coming weeks.
If you have any extra support needs to ensure the event is accessible to you or any further questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org