The online safety and digital literacy platform Natterhub is calling on young people to join a board as valued advisors on internet safety.
The organisation is inviting young people aged 9–16 to join a series of virtual panel discussions, conducted via Zoom, where they will share insights and experiences about their lives online and on screen. These youthful advisors will represent children and teens on matters in which their voices are often overlooked, giving them a chance to advocate for the digital changes they’d like to see to make the internet a safer and happier space.
Natterhub itself is a dedicated online issues, designed as a social media platform where children learn how to stay safe and behave responsibly online. While facilitating these virtual discussions, Natterhub will work closely with the panel to understand and respond to their input, which will be used to reshape the platform and its content.
“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” – Manjit Sareen, Natterhub
Starting in May, the meetings will be held in small groups based on age range and all participants will need permission from their parents in order to take part. On top of pushing for positive change that will benefit their future, the young advisors will gain employable skills in confidence, communication, entrepreneurship, and more.
“It is so important that young people are a part of our project,” said Manjit Sareen, co-founder and CEO of Natterhub. “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.”
The Natterhub team is seeking to recruit a diverse panel of young people from all backgrounds. Parents can register their child’s interest by filling out the form on the Natterhub site. The deadline for registering interest is Friday 30 April. This opportunity isn’t exclusive to individuals and schools are welcome to contact Natterhub directly to get their pupils involved as a collective.
“Young people use tech in a different way from adults and that’s why we need their input” – Caroline Allams, Natterhub
Caroline Allams, co-founder of Natterhub and former assistant headteacher, commented on the project, saying: “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 digital citizen could be thwarted. Young people use tech in a different way from adults and that’s why we need their input.”