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Promoting Innovative, Positive and Safe Internet Use

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26/5/09 WISE KIDS and Urdd develop Innovative Programme for Internet Generation

WISE KIDS and the Urdd have today launched an innovative project that will train youth workers and Urdd development officers on innovative and safe Internet use, and create resources to support Welsh speaking youth in Wales. The project, launched at the Welsh youth festival, the Urdd National Eisteddfod, and funded by BT Wales, will ensure that young people know how to keep themselves safe online and when using mobile technologies.

Amongst other things, Urdd officers will be trained on up-to-date, innovative use of Internet and digital technologies, with a view to using these to engage with young people. They will also be supported to develop resources in Welsh, which they will use to deliver 'Internet Literacy' workshops with young people. The project will also create a Welsh language 'drama and role play scenarios' activity pack which will be used by Urdd "Aelwydydd" as well as schools and other bodies. Using drama and role play, the activity pack will help give young people the opportunity to discuss the opportunities and challenges they encounter when using the Internet. They will also receive advice and discuss good practise when using the Internet.

As part of the launch, the Urdd also showcased Internet Safety videos that their staff had created with youth from their Digital Club. These will be used as part of the campaign to promote safer Internet use.

Sangeet Bhullar, Executive Director of WISE KIDS, and chair of the Wales Internet Safety Partnership (WISP) said “It is great to be working with the Urdd, as we recognise their interest and commitment to providing engaging and relevant programmes in Welsh, which will ensure that young people use the Internet and mobile technologies effectively and safely. We are also delighted to have the support from BT Wales who are funding this programme, as an ongoing and key part of their corporate social responsibility.



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