New social media resource kit launched to help youth at risk

SINGAPORE - A social media resource kit for those who counsel youth at risk was launched on Wednesday.

It is meant for schools and help groups in the youth sector, to guide them in speaking to youth at risk and their parents about the dangers of using social media, and protecting themselves online. For instance, it has a "chat guide" to help counsellors inform young people about gang-related risks on social media, such as going online to show support for gang fights.

Developed by Dr Lim Sun Sun, an assistant dean at the National University of Singapore, the kit was launched at the Conversations on Youth symposium.

Jointly organised by the Education, Home Affairs and Social and Family Development ministries, the event at the Orchid Country Club was attended by 600 people, including social workers, teachers, and law enforcement officers.

Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Transport, was guest of honour. He is a member of the National Committee on Youth Guidance and Rehabilitation, made up of representatives from the ministries and groups involved in reducing juvenile delinquency. The committee's new media taskforce sponsored the development of the kit.