Popular program helps girls ‘rule the internet’
22 Aug 2019
Online safety, bullying, dealing with trolls and finding your YouTube personality are some topics that will be covered in a popular school holiday program for girls on the autism spectrum aged 13-17 years.
Autism Queensland’s The Girl’s Guide to Ruling the Internet is the only program of its kind with a specific focus on teenage girls on the autism spectrum.
It will be delivered over three days on 1, 2 and 3 October at the Autism Hub, Woolloongabba from 11am-3pm each day.
The Girl’s Guide will focus primarily on YouTube, from the technical aspects of channel planning, content creation including device-based film making, editing and special effects through to artwork, filming, editing and adding effects through mobile devices through to growing a YouTube channel and becoming a YouTube personality.
Program Mentor Daisy Van Ghert (above) said some of today’s biggest YouTube influencers were girls.
“Girls are taking over YouTube through comedy, entertainment, food, video games and especially through lifestyle and beauty,” she said.
“This program will cover how girls are learning and sharing from each other, forming friendships and having fun online,” Daisy said.
The Girl’s Guide to Ruling the Internet is a part of Autism Queensland’s popular Teen Tech Shed program.
David McCartney, Autism Queensland’s Manager Vocational Programs said girls are as engaged in the online world as boys but face unique challenges, particularly for those on the autism spectrum. “This program also provides the girls who attend with the opportunity to make friends and learn from each other in a safe and fun environment,” said David.
The fee for the three days is $521.76 per student, and NDIS individual funding can be used if applicable.