On Monday 16 March, Mitchell Youth Services together with Mitchell Youth Council launched a significant and innovative campaign ‘Cyber Tattoo – It’s There For Life.’ Made possible through the State Government’s Department of Health and Human Services ‘It’s There For Life’ grant, the campaign was created to generate awareness for online safety and assist young people to be respectful and responsible online.
Danielle Green MP, Mayor Rodney Parker, CEO Rebecca McKenzie and Councillors were present at Wallan Secondary College to provide support to our Youth Councillors and the work that they have achieved.
Over the past five months Mitchell Youth Council with support from the Mitchell Shire Youth Coordinator Buffy Leadbeater have spent many hours researching, studying and investigating ideas to develop posters, merchandise, information brochures and a significant Social Media Platform to address the issue of Cyber Bullying and online safety for young people.
Youth Council Mayor Eleisha Kubale spoke passionately about the campaign stating, “It became obvious to all of us when discussing and liaising with our peers that we would like to create a campaign that was both distinctive and remarkable. We wanted to make a difference in our community and ensure that people understand the risks that can arise with using social media.”
“This campaign will not stop here today this is just the beginning. The Youth Councillors will work hard over the coming months, promoting, advocating and discussing this campaign across our community. We will imbed this campaign into our duties as Youth Councillors to educate and inform young people aiming to reduce the risk of bullying and anti-social behaviour online.”
The unified voice of Mitchell Youth Council, supported by Mitchell Shire Council, aims to build stronger understanding of how to be ‘Cyber Savvy’ and the risks associated with social media and online technology. The Youth Council is already receiving excellent results from young people through the delivery of this program with multiple ‘likes’ on the Cyber Tattoo Facebook Page.
For further information regarding the campaign, contact Youth Services on 5734 6200 or Facebook/CyberTattoo.ItsThereForLife.
Daniel Heiss, Communications Officer
T: (03) 5734 6359
E: [email protected]