Ariel is pleased to announce a new three year project funded by the National Lottery: Communities Fund. Our project will support young people to fulfill their potential by enabling them to explore the impacts social media is having on their lives and empowering them to take control of these impacts before they have significant negative effects.

Creative workshops will focus on developing young people’s digital literacy skills and resilience online, building skills such as risk assessment or developing critical thinking. This theme of digital literacy focuses on a clear need identified by DCMS in their recent interim report “The Education Policy Initiative reports that 95% of 15-year-olds in the UK use social media before or after school, and that half of 9 to 16-year-olds use smart phones daily. From an early age, young children are growing up with digital devices. ... They need to be aware of the issues surrounding social media, and be aware of their actions when interacting with digital arenas”.

We will bring young people together in ways that empower them to support a wider community of their peers through the development of digital learning resources designed to build shared values around respect and tolerance online. The opinions and ideas that young people share with us will be used to develop the real-life scenarios that underpin our digital learning resources. The creative ideas that they come up with as possible solutions will also influence the interactive activities that are developed within these resources.