‘My Digital’ will involve ‘looked after’ teens taking part in fun creative digital workshops, where they’ll gain new skills whilst exploring how they can use technology to help themselves as they make the transition from being looked after to independent living. They’ll then put their new knowledge to use by creating a film aimed at the adults in their lives, which delivers the message about why digital skills are so important to young people functioning in the modern world.
Signal Film and Media Director Loren Slater said:
“The latest research shows that young people know how to use digital devices for fun, but often not for important practical things that give you access to more opportunities and allow you to thrive.”
“Digital for young people isn’t just about social media – nowadays you need digital skills to do everything from seeking a job to getting the best deal shopping, making a doctor’s appointment or even checking when your bins go out. This project will help the young people who take part get to grips with the Basic Digital Skills they need to go out into the world and meet their potential. At the same, the film they create will broadcast the message to adults, that young people don’t necessarily know how to use digital technology to get on in life and might need their support.”
Our wonderful partners from Brathay Trust, who recently moved into the Cooke’s Studios, will help us out with their expertise, and we’ll be tracking the project on Twitter and Facebook. Look out for the hashtag #notwithoutme in the coming weeks!