Last month, social media giant Facebook joined with Sticks ‘n Stones and Project Rockit to engage Central Otago students and their parents to better understand how to use social media positively, how to look after themselves and look out for their friends.
The event saw the launch of two new resources: ‘Hit Pause Then Post Guide’ that contains tips about thinking before you post, not sharing passwords and how to resolve online issues; and ‘Help A Friend In Need Guide’ which contains information about what to look out for on social media when your friend may be feeling down and how to get help.
“The guides are designed to empower and inspire young people with strategies to create a respectful and safe space online. These are global guides that have been localised by Stick ‘n Stones to ensure they resonate with New Zealanders,” said Mia Garlick, Head of Policy, Facebook Australia and New Zealand.
Sticks ‘n Stones project facilitator Karla Sanders added: “Today’s workshop is about recognising the part that everyone plays in making life online positive and how important it is to take a stand against bullying. Our students have been a part of the planning and will also be facilitating part of the workshop. Having young people take the lead and encouraging others to have their voices heard sends a powerful message about how we can make a real difference.”