Microsoft is recruiting teens between the ages of 13 to 17 to advise it in how teens use the internet, what they are doing online, who they connect with, and what they share and learn.
The motivation for this effort is to find ways to effectively reduce risks that teens may encounter while using the internet and to educate youth in what they can do to mitigate those risks.
The Council for Digital Good will consist of 12 to 15 teenagers who will attend a two-day summit in August 2017 in Redmond, WA where they will participate in discussions on internet risks and interact with Microsoft staff. Parents will have their own “parent track” during these meetings. Council members will be asked to return to their schools and communities to promote “digital civility.” This is a one year pilot program.
Microsoft offers the following to council members who sign up for 1-year or 18-month terms:
· Paid travel for Council member and one chaperone for the on-campus summit.
· Opportunities for college and other recommendations, mentoring and personal/pre-professional growth.
· After serving on the Council, youth may be eligible and considered for “internships” or other posts are various third-party organizations.
For those teens interested in applying, go to https://www.microsoft.com/about/philanthropies/youthspark/youthsparkhub/programs/onlinesafety/cdg/. The deadline for applications is March 1, 2017.
The following link has information about online safety: