It developed when it was used as the network to host the first digital youth work unConference in September 2008, and since then has been growing as a space for youth sector professionals, volunteers and researchers to share news, ideas, questions and resources linked to the digital dimensions of work with young people. A second unConference was held in July 2009.
The network is run on the Ning.com platform, and Practical Participation Ltd cover the costs of removing adverts from the network and maintaining it on it's own YouthWorkOnline.org.uk domain name. At present it is moderated by Tim Davies, though with the goal that it will eventually be run by members of the youth work community.
Membership of the network is free, and open to anyone with an interest in digital dimensions of work with young people. Membership is moderated, and you will need to provide a brief description of your interest in the digital dimensions of work with young people in order for your membership to be approved. We do not have any hard-and-fast rules, but two principles are useful:
You are encouraged to contribute actively and generously to discussions;
Promotion of commercial services and events is discouraged, unless there is a clear link to digital youth work, and the messages promoting such services or events add value beyond being a mere advertisement;
If you have any questions - get in touch with current network moderator, Tim Davies.
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Thanks for that; your youthworktoolbox website looks useful, particularly the podcasts.
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Please could everyone share this survey with 8 to 19 year olds.The research is exploring children and young peoples views on e-Safety, so great opportunity to get them thinking about staying safe online. http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/9QH8RB2Much appreciate any support and I am happy to share the results in June should anybody like to have a read :)See More
YMCA George Williams College is offering a free training day on ‘Understanding Group Work’ for professionals and volunteers working with young people. The day will encourage you to think about different approaches to group work as well as providing practical activities that you can take away and use with young people. Topics to be covered include: Team buildingGroup rolesUnderstanding conflictUsing discussionLeadershipTo book your free place, please contact Naomi Stanton…See More
BackgroundOne of the challenges of assessment processes with young people is how to secure their involvement and active participation. Only too often assessment can become something that is ‘done’ to young people (or a form that needs to be filled in), rather than a dynamic process that puts them at the centre, something theyare involved with and have some ownership over. The assessment tools called ‘CAF Cards’ and ‘Road Sign Cards’ have been developed with young people to work with the…See More
"My apologies for commenting some 4 months after this event happened, I really don't get onto this site as often as I should! This was the first (hopefully there will be many more) online youth work student conference, and it was a bit of a have…"