Meet our Youth Ambassadors who were chosen to represent all national youth panels and the voice of the young generation today. Coming from different regions across Europe, they share their ideas on different issues related to modern media and digital lives through blogs and other sections of the Pan-EU Youth website, as well as through participation as Insafe youth representatives in international events.
Hello, my name is João Pedro and I am from Portugal. I was born in Madeira, the island where Cristiano Ronaldo (best football player in the world) also was born, but I moved to the mainland when I was five. I am now 17 years old and currently attending secondary school.
I have been a Youth Ambassador for about three years and before that I was already a member of the National Awareness Centre. Through all that time, I had the opportunity both to share and learn about youth online safety issues, as well as get to know a lot of interesting people from all around the world.
Young people’s opinions are very important to me and I believe they should be taken into account by politicians and companies, so that is why I’m involved in several projects, most of them connected to youth participation in debates.
I am a free time runner who enjoy nature but understand the future and the power of what is virtual, the Internet.
Hey you guys! My name is Grace Kelly and as an Irish teenager I have found myself sucked into the world of technology and social media, not that I put up much of a fight anyway. In Ireland I work with the Webwise Youth Panel of the PDST. Together we strive to provide an education to everyone about the ever-changing internet and of course we take a particular interest in social media.
My passion is not the internet, or math, or even English! My passion is people, how we think, how we interact, how we make plans, how we live. We do all of this online, a lot of us do virtually everything online and that is why I love working as a Youth Ambassador. I get to work with so many new people all of the time and there’s always a new project to help with.
I have always loved the media and PR side of every project I’ve become involved with and therefore look forward to studying journalism in the hope of building a career in broadcasting. The dream? To grow from the teenager working towards a safer internet to a talk-show host quizzing a celebrity about their latest tweet!
The internet and technology is everywhere, it’s not something that can be avoided anymore! I personally can’t think of a man-made initiative as incredible as the internet. Everybody in the world has the ability to be connected, how incredible is that? There a people witnessing the intelligence of the internet who also lived through the days of only the extremely wealthy having a mobile phone. I find that amazing.
Sean is an Irish 18 year old. A member of the Irish Internet Safety Youth Panel, he has helped promote internet safety for children. He was on the fifth year’s Habitat for Humanity trip to Zambia in 2011, after raising a total of €90,000 between himself and the other 24 members of the trip. An avid fan of the Vlogbrothers on YouTube, he is currently involved in a few of the new start up projects within the community, including writing articles for the STG (online newsletter with over 13,00 followers), and he’s currently working on the release of DFTBA News. With a strong hand in debating he has competed in all of Ireland’s major debating competitions in both House and Mace forms, while playing social rugby and a selection of other sports. Sean has taken part, and won a prize in, the Irish Young Scientist exhibition for a project on the prediction of volcano eruptions.
I’m interested in IT trends, computer science and psychology. I am currently leading Teen IT (a personal project of mine) and some school projects, such as Student magazine. Teen IT is an internet IT magazine for teenagers, where they can learn, discuss, and be orientated in technology. My first IT project was our basketball team’s homepage.
I think the trend of technology is something that we can’t stop, so it’s really important to know about threads, issues and dangers. What I love about being a youth-ambassador is that I have the opportunity to talk about problems and to find solutions.
In a recent interview I shared my opinion on the role that the internet plays in facilitating dialogue and learning about different cultures. Watch the interview.
My name is Noelia, and I come from Spain. I was born in Madrid, the capital city of Spain, although i am half dominican. I have been lucky enough to represent youth in several congresses here in Madrid, with the association of ‘Protegeles’ which is a company that works against cyber-bullying and all its consequences. After these involvements, i was chosen to participate in Brussels European Congress in 2013 where I met incredible people who taught me even more about these issues concerning the internet. By participating in these congresses I feel comforted by the idea that I get to represent so many young people that have so many things to say, so many ideas to change our vision and so many opinions that could make a difference.
Interests, informatics, meeting friends, politics, sports (e.g. tennis, swimming,..)
Why I am interested in online issues:
First of all, I am student of a school for informatics, which is a main reason, why I am into this topic. However the online word is perhaps a big chance, to improve our daily lifetime. Futhermore it is really important for all of us to stay safe and secure, when browsing the internet, especially those, how are not aware of potential online dangers. So I hope, that we can improve our safety together, when living our normal life, united with the digital world.
Hello, my name is Ruth and I come from a small island called Malta. I’m a seventeen year old student studying at the maritime institute . I just finished second year and my goal is to become an officer of the watch. Afterwards I would like to continue my studies and teach at the institute.
I’m a member of the of the Maltese Be smart online Youth panel and from there i was chosen to participate and represent Malta at the Safer Internet Forum, in Brussels. Later, I became a Pan-Eu Youth ambassador .
Youth should be more aware of how the Internet operates and the dangers it may cause . I believe in giving a voice to young people to express their opinions about online safety and then take these views to those in power who can take action and make a change.
Matthew is a 17 year-old from Dublin in Ireland.
He has a huge interest in matters relating to technology, especially those relating to the Internet and Social Media. Because of this, Matthew has been a member of the Irish Safer Internet Youth Advisory Panel (known as ‘Webwise’) for the last two years. Since then, He has attended a variety of events including SID 2012 and the Digital Youth Symposium. After originally being a Facebook addict, Matthew has become an avid Twitter user. In October 2012, he was chosen as the Irish representative to attend the Safer Internet Forum in Brussels.
Outside of the internet, Matthew is a keen rugby fan, following school, province and country. Blackrock College are a school known for rugby dominance in the province of Leinster, with over 66 cups since the competition began 120 years ago. He supports his local provincial team Leinster, and follows Ireland in their international campaigns. As well as a fan, he plays rugby socially with his school and continuing to pursue his interest in refereeing also.
Matthew also has a big interest in gaming. On both PC and Xbox 360, he plays games online with friends on a weekly basis such as the Call of Duty franchise. He also is a keen follower of YouTube, subscribing to channels covering a variety of topics including sport, gaming and educational purposes.
I started to work on the safer-internet-theme 4 years ago in my school, which is a so called “media literacy-school”. As part of this at my school a youth panel of our National Awareness Centre Klicksafe is located.
I already took part in lot of Insafe events like the summer school in Romania, the SIF or the SID in Brussels. Also I took part when we first tried to find ideas for the youth manifesto, which is something really great. For me it is important to show everyone – and I really mean everyone: young children, Youths, parents and grandparents- that the Internet is not a place where lot of bad things happens like the news often wants to tell us. In my eyes the Internet gives great opportunities and chances but we – and I’m including myself because I’m still learning as well – have to learn how to use it in the right way.
The idea of peer-education and that Youths from every country in the EU meet up to discuss themes around the Internet is one of the greatest things I can imagine! So I am really lucky that I can take part in such great programs and meet such great people!