Building Resilience in a Digital World

The National Lottery is supporting Ariel through its Communities Fund to deliver a project working with young people identified as at risk of exploitation, particularly as a result of their online behaviour. We will deliver creative projects that provide safe spaces where they can explore the impact that social media is having on them and develop healthy ways of responding to this. The young people will decide the key themes that they want to explore and we will facilitate a programme of workshops that allow them to do this; they will explore the problems associated with social media and create potential solutions. The workshops will use a range of media to explore the young people’s ideas and to develop the final project ‘production’.

Throughout the creative workshop project we will focus on developing young people’s digital literacy skills and resilience online, we will achieve this by integrating structured activities into the sessions looking at skills such as risk assessment or developing critical thinking. A number of these activities have been developed and successfully used as part of our previous lottery project. This theme of digital literacy focuses on a clear need identified by DCMS in their recent interim report “The Education Policy Initiative reports that 95% of 15-year-olds in the UK use social media before or after school, and that half of 9 to 16-year-olds use smart phones daily. From an early age, young children are growing up with digital devices. ... They need to be aware of the issues surrounding social media, and be aware of their actions when interacting with digital arenas”.