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Empowering young people to pave the way for internet safety

Published by: Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, April 2021

Empowering young people to pave the way for internet safety

An online safety and digital literacy organisation is searching for a panel of young board members to join the team as valued advisors.

The young advisors will be invited to virtually meet in small groups to share their thoughts and experiences about being online and on screens. By representing a young persons' voice for internet issues, the panel will have the opportunity to discuss the digital changes they would like to see for their future. 

Natterhub, a social media platform where children learn how to stay safe and behave responsibly online, will facilitate these discussions and will work closely with the panel to gain their valued input and perspective.

The insights gathered will also help shape and influence the Natterhub platform and its content; allowing the young panel to have a direct impact and tackle the issues around using the internet and staying safe online that are most important to them.

The team at Natterhub, who were proudly the lead sponsor of the NSPCC's 'How Safe 2021' conference held earlier this year, are looking for young people aged 9 -16 years old to form the panel. They will meet for a small number of youth board meetings via Zoom commencing in May 2021. The meetings will be held in small groups based on age range and all participants will need permission from their parents to take part.

Young people involved will have the opportunity to develop a number of skills including confidence, communication, and entrepreneurship. The opportunity will appeal to any budding young entrepreneurs in particular, as Natterhub wants to give young people on the panel the opportunity to gain insight into and contribute to the runnings and development of Natterhub as a business. 

Manjit Sareen, Co-Founder and CEO at Natterhub said:

“It is so important that young people are a part of our project. Our mission has always been to create a tool that teaches young people the skills that properly resonate with their digital experiences. We need to hear from young people about what they need.”

Caroline Allams, Co-founder of Natterhub and former Assistant Headteacher said:

“Digital literacy education needs to be a priority subject that properly prepares pupils to thrive in the online landscape. Without it, wellbeing is at risk and the potential to be a safe, savvy digital citizen could be thwarted. Young people use tech in a different way from adults and that’s why we need their input.”

The team at Natterhub, who were recently also named one of the top 66 SaaS (software as a service) companies in the UK by TechRound, are seeking a diverse range of young people for their panel. Parents can register their child’s interest by filling out the form on the Natterhub site. The deadline for registering interest is Friday 30th April. This opportunity isn’t exclusive to individuals and schools are welcome to contact Natterhub to get their pupils involved as a collective. 

 

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Natterhub is an educational social media platform created to prepare primary school children to thrive online.

Our interactive lessons give children all the skills that they need to stay safe in a digital landscape, and our Badges of Honour help teachers to keep track of their progress.

Natterhub is powered by TwinklHive, and is used in over 50 countries around the world. Twinkl, a global educational publishing house, offers primary and secondary resources to 8.5 million members, across 197 countries.

For press enquiries about the work of Natterhub or spokespeople for comment on issues relating to child safety online, please contact Natterhub on 0114 399 6905 or info@natterhub.com.

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