Ipad prizes await

Youth asked to com­plete sur­vey

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By CHE BAKER

Youth in Cen­tral Otago are be­ing urged to take part in a sur­vey to help oth­ers un­der­stand what life is like for young peo­ple, both on­line and real life, in the re­gion. In a bid to gather vi­tal in­for­ma­tion about the youth of the re­gion the on­line sur­vey is be­ing con­ducted as part of the Sticks ‘n’ Stones cyber bul­ly­ing pro­ject, in con­junc­tion with the Alexan­dra and Dis­tricts Youth Trust. It was hoped there would be about 400 re­sponses from youths aged 11 to 18 years, and two iPad mi­nis were up for grabs for those who took part be­fore the cut-off time on Fri­day. Trust team leader and youth worker Sharon Waples, who started her po­si­tion in Alexan­dra in April, said the sur­vey was a great chance for youth to talk about what they like and don’t like about their com­mu­ni­ties. Sticks ‘n’ Stones pro­ject fa­cil­i­ta­tor Karla San­ders said ‘‘ we want to re­ally get a high reach so that we can get some data that is re­ally go­ing to help’’. The ques­tion­naire will gather a range of data in­clud­ing on­line habits, how much time youth spent on the in­ter­net and ex­pe­ri­ences with cyber bul­ly­ing and so­cial net­work­ing. The sur­vey was anony­mous and feed­back would be given to the Cen­tral Otago Dis­trict Coun­cil as well as schools, youth groups and other or­gan­i­sa­tions to im­prove ser­vices in the area.

Photo: CHE BAKER 627996080

Win an iPad: Alexan­dra and Dis­tricts Youth Trust team leader and youth worker Sharon Waples holds an iPad sim­i­lar to two that could be won by youths in Cen­tral Otago who take part in an on­line sur­vey.

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