Kiwi kids get Face­book call-up

Central Otago Mirror - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - JO MCKEN­ZIE-MCLEAN

Cen­tral Otago anti-cy­ber bul­ly­ing cam­paign­ers are back help­ing so­cial net­work­ing gi­ant Face­book un­der­stand the ‘‘new norms’’ for young peo­ple us­ing deletable me­dia.

The di­rec­tor and co-founder of anti cy­ber bul­ly­ing group Sticks ‘n’ Stones, Karla San­ders, ac­com­pa­nied a group to Mel­bourne last Tues­day where they joined 45 Aus­tralian coun­ter­parts in a work­shop with Face­book rep­re­sen­ta­tives to share knowl­edge about deletable me­dia.

Face­book’s Mia Gar­lick said there had been a change in the way young peo­ple were com­mu­ni­cat­ing online, par­tic­u­larly around the use of deletable me­dia.

‘‘We felt it would be re­ally great to bring the young peo­ple to­gether, be­cause they are the ones us­ing the tech­nol­ogy, and ask them what are the new norms and new rules around com­mu­ni­ca­tion and shar­ing in the deletable me­dia space. I don’t think many peo­ple have talked about deletable me­dia.’’

San­ders said she was in Mel­bourne with Ta­mara Hansen, of Cromwell, Abby Golden and Molly Red­i­can, of Dun­stan, Court­ney Smith, of Man­iototo and Christie Gro­cott from Up­per Hutt Col­lege in Welling­ton.

‘‘Young peo­ple are en­gag­ing in deletable me­dia in very dif­fer­ent ways to tra­di­tional so­cial net­works. A young per­son might have 1000 Face­book friends but only 30 peo­ple on Snapchat. It is very dif­fer­ent - not only what you share but less of a fo­cus on per­fect photos or mo­ments.’’

Young peo­ple were also be­ing thought­ful about the dan­gers of post­ing on deletable me­dia.

‘‘They are still be­ing thought­ful about post­ing in a tem­po­rary me­dia and look­ing for pos­i­tive guid­ance. They are be­ing much more thought­ful than we give them credit for. It is im­por­tant to in­clude young peo­ple in this space and the mes­sages around it rather than talk­ing about them when things go wrong...they want to cocre­ate pos­i­tive mes­sages around use of deletable me­dia which re­lates to their own ex­pe­ri­ences and their own voices.’’

Sticks ‘n’ Stones planned to re­turn to New Zealand and crowd­source ideas and co-de­sign mes­sages with other young peo­ple so they could feel com­fort­able shar­ing with their peers.

‘‘We want to em­power young peo­ple to know they can sup­port their friends and give ad­vice but also to recog­nise and say if they feel they are in too deep or need more help.’’

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