Pan EU Youth, in conjunction with Youth Manifesto, has just launched a new Instagram account to promote the Youth Manifesto principles. The goal of this account is to bring together the voices of youth from all over Europe. Youth will have the chance to have their voices heard by policymakers and industry on what they think a safer and better internet should look like. This started originally with the Youth Manifesto principles. These principles outline exactly what the youth in Europe want to see happen on the internet.
In the coming weeks, youth from all over Europe will be submitting videos outlining particular Youth Manifesto principles. These videos will be posted to the new Instagram account to raise awareness, not only to policy makers and industry, but other youth as well.
For more information on the Youth Manifesto principles, click here.
To view and FOLLOW the Instagram account visit https://instagram.com/youth_manifesto/.
Youth: you have the chance to have your voice heard! Let us know what you want to see happen in the world of online safety.
“Today is World Teacher’s Day and what better way to celebrate than by encouraging teachers to help promote the Youth Manifesto principles. Teachers are some of the most important people in a young person’s life. They help them to grow and learn, but most importantly they can help them stay safe on the internet. My mom has been a teacher for 26 years and just entered a new position as an Assistant Principle. One of her main concerns with her students is making sure that they stay safe, not only in school, but also in the digital world. Specifically, she monitors their usage when they use devices in her classroom and makes sure that they are using only sites that she has recommended. The sites that she uses are all educational, in regards to math and the other subjects that she teaches. She has kept a safe and fun classroom for many years.
“Teacher’s nowadays have an even harder task of keeping every student safe on the internet. The Youth Manifesto principles, which can be found here, are an overview of what youth want to see happen for a ‘better internet’. They want to be safe just as much as teachers want them to be safe. Teachers are encouraged to introduce these principles to their students and teach them how to be safe online. And, of course, if a teacher doesn’t know about these principles, students are encouraged to show them to their teachers and encourage them to share and discuss the principles with the rest of the class.
“Teachers, you are appreciated for everything you have done for the students you see every day. You make a lasting impact on the lives of young people and this cannot be overlooked. Thank you for everything you do keep students safe and secure.”
Laken is a 20 year-old exchange student from Furman University in the United States, currently based in Brussels as part of her studies. She is currently on part time placement with the eSafety Team of European Schoolnet, while continuing her academic studies at Vesalius College.
‘In today’s world, there’s increasing use of the internet from all demographics, industries, and ages. With yesterday being the United Nations International Day of Older Persons, it might be a good time to bridge the gap between the young and the old on the use of technology and the internet.
‘Seniors and the elderly are feeling left behind in the huge technology boom that has occurred over the past decade. Now you may be thinking… what does this have to do with me? Well, actually it has a lot to do with you and, indeed, every one of us. Youth can embark on helping the older population become technologically literate. If you have a grandparent, great aunt, or cousin who is a part of the older population, ask them how YOU can help them with their new technology devices. Ask them how YOU can help them use the internet.
‘I know that when I help my grandparents, they are very appreciative of any information I can offer them regarding their smartphones, tablets, and computers that allow them to go online. The older population’s safety on the internet is just as important as ours: maybe they won’t be so into tweeting the latest and greatest news from their Bridge club, or maybe they won’t be so interested in taking selfies, but ask them what they want to know and ask them how YOU can help them. You can help the older population become technologically literate and savvy. So, what are YOU going to do to help out?
‘We ‘d like to know what you’re doing to help older generations with technology – participate in a short survey here.
‘Find out more about the International Day of Older Persons on the UN website and read an additional news article here.’
Laken, 20 years old, USA