Information & Communications
There are two dimensions to this work programme: one is youth focused and the other concentrates on BRYR's organisational information and communications strategy.
The extraordinary development of Information and Communications Technologies in recent years poses critical challenges and offers wonderful opportunities to our young people. Enhancing young peoples' ability to protect themselves against the negative influence of cyberbullying, exposure to innappropriate or dangerous sites and other technology-mediated risks is a key part of our informal education work.
Supporting constructive and healthy access to new ICTs and their content is an increasing part of our work. We have 22 computers with supervised and supported access and in an average week these are used by over 200 young people.
Using the new technologies to communicate with young people offers wonderful opportunities. BRYR has developed its communications techniques in several ways: we use texts (including iflow group texting) and mobile phonecalls; we use emails and social networking sites and we load videos on accessible web sites. In 2009 we will launch a new youth-run and youth oriented web site called "ballymunyouth". The era of "virtual youth work" is coming.
BRYR as an organisation is working to provide more and better information about our work and to communicate this effectively to certain audiences. This web site is directed at adults interested in our work - it aims to be informative and to offer ways to participate in working for young people's welfare and development. We publish many documents and have several active and targetted promotional initiatives.