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March 31

Engagement in arts and culture supports young people’s social development and wellbeing, but for many organisations responding to the pandemic has meant quickly adapting offline activities to online, creating new digital programmes and engaging and communicating with young people digitally. This new digital landscape presents many opportunities for young people to express themselves and engage creatively, but also presents challenges around safety and protection. In this session we will explore lessons learnt and how in a new digital climate we can find balance between protection, safety and participation.

We will discuss challenges around supporting expression and meaningful engagement while also keeping young people safe online, particularly at a time when they continue to be physically isolated from teachers, peers and mentors. We will touch on ways to connect with young people based on where and how they want to engage and hear from organisations that are successfully working with and empowering our future digital leaders and changemakers.

Join us for this conversation where we will explore:

  • Risks and safety online – balancing protection and participation
  • Engaging and empowering young people through digital
  • Lessons learned in 2020 and informing future online spaces