The Digital Resilience in Education (DRiE) team has worked with Young Wales, a Children in Wales initiative funded by Welsh Government, to set up a Keeping safe online youth group of 13 to 17 year olds from across Wales.

Purpose of the group

The DRiE team manage the Keeping safe online area of Hwb which provides resources, guidance, and training about keeping safe online for children and young people as well as educators and families. By hearing directly from young people, DRiE are able to have a greater understanding about what the issues are and how we can raise awareness of these and ultimately better support children and young people in being safer online.

The group meet approximately six times during the school year and the sessions are facilitated by Young Wales to ensure appropriate safeguarding is in place. During the sessions, members discuss a wide range of topics: one session might focus on the benefits and pitfalls of social media and another on the implications of artificial intelligence (AI) and other emerging technologies on our lives.

As well as sharing experiences, there are other benefits to getting involved, which include the opportunity to:

  • co-produce projects with the DRiE team and influence Welsh Government policy and practice
  • participate in global campaigns including Safer Internet Day
  • develop knowledge of the latest online safety developments and leadership and communication skills.
  • meet new friends and attend residentials.

More information including the joining form is available on the Young Wales website.

Find out more about our work with Young Wales

  • Join us!

    Are you aged 13-17 and willing to talk about your experiences of being online? Do you have ideas about what positive actions could be taken to make the online world a better place?

  • Q&A with one of our group members

    Read about the first session of the Keeping safe online youth group, which took place in January 2023.