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Online safety, security and privacy is something that is part of young people's lives on a daily basis, whether we actively or passively think about it. Late in 2014, during a team meeting, we thought about how young people actually get access to all this protective information in one place. They'd have to know Snapchat, Xbox, Facebook, Tinder etc inside out to ensure that they knew what to do to keep themselves safe, secure and private.
So this conversation grew and before we knew it we were head long into campaign planning and landing page design for www.spunout.ie/onlinesafety. With #SID2015 coming up in February we felt this would be a perfect time to launch. In the run up the team, particular Cian (our web developer) and the editorial staff, took time to test designs and contact each individual messaging, social, dating and gaming platform to proof the content we were developing. We worked with an incredible team of young people to make sure the content was straight forward and usable. Our aim was to have factually accurate content, that's accessible, in one place.
We were lucky enough to partner with Twitter for the launch on the 11th of February. We gathered young people and those working with young people so that we could spread the message of this one stop shop resource far and wide. Our amazing speakers on the day included YouTuber Melanie Murphy, Dave Cronin from Beat 102-103 and SpunOut.ie volunteers Ellie Walsh an Matthew O'Driscoll. The event was a huge success, and a special thanks to Twitter who supported us with their ads for good, promoting our content far and wide.
Make sure to check out the online safety hub, share it, bookmark it, set is as your home page. Openness is what makes the internet a great resource, but it also opens us up to risks. Check out www.spunout.ie/onlinesafety for more details.