Cashel girl chosen to address international research launch

National Youth Council invited Danielle Grayson to speak at the launch of ‘Screenagers: Using ICT, Digital and Social Media in Youth Work’ research


17 year old Danielle Gayson from Cashel, County Tipperary was chosen to be one of the keynote speakers at an event held last month (02.03.16) in the CHQ Building in Dublin to launch international research on young people’s use of social media.

Cashel girl chosen to address international research launch

Danielle Gayson from Cashel, Tipperary, speaking at the launch of ‘Screenagers: Using ICT, Digital and Social Media in Youth Work’ in Dublin on March 2nd 2016.

The event was organised by the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) – which represents youth organisations working with over 380,000 young people nationwide – and brought together representatives from youth and tech sectors for the launch of ‘Screenagers’ a report on the use of ICT, Digital and Social Media in Youth Work in Ireland (North and South), Austria, Denmark and Finland.

Danielle took part in the original focus groups for the Irish part of the research through Tipperary Regional Youth Service, and was invited to speak at the launch to share her perspective, as a young person using social media.  She advised the audience that with so many young people having social media accounts, they should be used to their full potential and that “through social and digital media young people have a way to express themselves creatively though writing, music production or art design.”

Speaking about her experience on the day Danielle said: “I felt very welcomed even as a young person and I felt I got a great reception from everyone. Overall the day was brilliant and there was loads of time provided to mix with representatives from different organisations and companies. It was brilliant to hear from the delegates from other countries at this event as it really showed where Ireland is on youth work alongside these countries.”

Screenagers is a collaborative international research project between agencies in Austria, Denmark, Finland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, focussing on the use of ICT, digital and social media in youth work. The National Youth Council of Ireland is the lead partner in the project. The national and international reports are available on: youth.ie/screenagers

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