West Belfast schoolchildren make a hard-hitting film about the impact of social media
A Belfast-based inclusive theater company has added a hard-hitting film about the use of social media to its impressive list of work.
Kids in Control have partnered with All Saints College on Glen Road to use their skills to raise awareness of the problem of excessive sharing online.
Their ‘Care Don’t Share’ campaign highlights the dangers of using social media to share inappropriate and distressing content.
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Their story of how a young man’s shooting collapsed in Falls Park was shared on social media, sparking a flood of rumors and negative comments.
Each year, Jade Quinn, Artistic Director of KIC, leads workshops at the school, and together with a group of students, they get creative with raising awareness of a number of social issues.
The question they intend to explore and the content of the film are not known at the start of the project and the group then decides after the start of the project depending on what affects young people and the messages they want pass on to their peers.
David Bell, Head of Year 8 at All Saints College, said: “Each year KIC works with our Year 8 students to identify issues of concern and create a short film to address them.
“This year they have decided to tackle the inappropriate use of social media. An issue that affects not only young people but also adults and the wider community. I am extremely proud of what our students have produced and grateful as always to Jade and everyone at KIC for the amazing job they do.”
KIC is open to young people of all abilities aged 13+ and if you would like to join a program contact the team via email [email protected] or message via Facebook or Instagram @kidsincontrol1.
Kids In Control is funded by the Arts Council Northern Ireland and Belfast City Council.
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