WA children and young people now have a dedicated online space to create their ‘digital image’ and have their views and ideas published with the launch of DigiMe by the Commissioner for Children and Young People WA.
Commissioner Colin Pettit said DigiMe was a fun and creative way for children and young people across WA to express their views so he can hear what they think and the community can better understand what is important to them.
“DigiMe is unlike anything else in Australia in that it provides children and young people with a way to have a say in a fun, safe and supportive online environment, at a time that suits them,” Mr Pettit said.
“Using DigiMe children and young people create their cartoon-like digital image, or just a fun character, and then make comment on a discussion topic that will change regularly through the year.
“We have developed DigiMe with the help of around 100 children and young people who have provided input about how DigiMe works, what encourages them to make comment and what makes the system safe.”
Mr Pettit said DigiMe supports his important role to promote the involvement of children and young people in discussion and debate about the community in which we all live.
“As well as informing me what children and young people think about a range of topics, we will promote their views to the community through my website, a new Instagram account @digime_wa and other forums, while protecting children’s identity.
“I am pleased to launch DigiMe during Children’s Week, which celebrates the talents, skills and abilities of WA children, and the importance of encouraging children to express themselves.
“I encourage all WA children and young people to get involved with DigiMe and have a say.”