Childnet International Youth IGF Project

Childnet International are currently running the Youth IGF Project to capture the voice of children and young people to take to the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) a UN mandated meeting in the Autumn. The IGF is a four day international gathering that gives governments, the internet industry, organisations and individuals the space to debate what should happen to the Internet in the coming years thinking specifically about Access, Openness, Diversity and Security.

Historically the IGF has had little or no input from young people. Childnet’s Youth IGF Project aims to capture the voice of young people so that they can be represented at the forum in November. To reach the widest possible audience in a short space of time, Childnet have created Primary and Secondary project packs for schools who want to get involved in the project and would welcome as wide participation as possible.  They have also created a film to support the secondary lessons.  This can be viewed and downloaded from our Youth IGF Project YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/YouthIGFProject )

All schools returning survey material will be entered into a free prize draw for a free e-safety session to be held in January 2010. Youth responses that particularly stand out will be featured in a video to be presented in Egypt and young people may also be asked to consider contributing to discussions in Parliament on this topic.

 The project packs contain lesson plans and instructions for running lessons – and are a perfect afternoon activity in the run-up to the end of term.

 We hope that many Schools will engage in this project and Ellen (ellen@childnet.com) and Lucinda (lucinda@childnet.com ) in the Childnet office or the e-Safety officer (esafetyofficer@kent.gov.uk) will be happy to answer any further questions.

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