As a vital source of information and method of communicating with friends, the internet is important to all young people. But it is often hard to navigate, and can be daunting for those with a learning disability or communication difficulty.
At website user consultations, we asked over 30 young people what they wanted from the web. They told us they wanted to:
- create their own content
- find easier ways to express themselves and share information
- communicate with other young people in a shared online space
- tell others about Raising Your Game and their experiences of the project
- feel more confident and safe using online social networking
- become more confident in their writing.
Some young people felt apprehensive about using the internet. But at the consultations, they explored social media in a safe environment, and built their confidence in using different ways to communicate.
Through the use of video, audio and pictures, they were able to express themselves more easily and effectively.
The new Raising Your Game website for young people has taken this into consideration. Launching later this year, it will provide a safe place to chat with friends from the project and offer safe access to Facebook. There will also be useful, accessible information on day-to-day activities and achieving their goals.