Kiwi kids get Facebook call-up
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.’’