30 Jul Jimi Joins Youth Action Squad
This year, Chair of Pakuranga College’s Digital Leadership Council, Jimi Webb (photo far left), has been selected to be a member of the elite Netsafe Youth Action Squad. We asked him to tell us more about why this group is so important.
Safety Role Models
The Netsafe Youth Action Squad are online safety role models within our schools and communities. We also help reduce incidents of online harm by improving online safety knowledge, creating meaningful discussion, empowering other young people, and collaborating with people who can make a difference.
The YAS is a team of 35 secondary school students from all over Auckland. After signing up online, we were interviewed over the phone by Ashlyn Baines, the Netsafe youth programme coordinator. A week later we received an email welcoming us to the 2020 Youth Action Squad.
I feel the YAS is important because cyber-safety education is becoming more and more common in schools. Sometimes young people learn better from other young people than they do from teachers who might be ‘out of touch’.
Personally, I am looking forward to working with providing a new, modern approach to cyber-safety education. I hope that with the YAS I can help create a safe online environment where everyone is free to be themselves without fear of being digitally harassed.
by Jimi Webb, Chair of the Digital Leadership Council