Digital consultation

Digital media can be used to enhance and extend consultation work with children and young people. Traditional ways of seeking children’s views can be augmented with methods such as online surveys, social media, blogs and video diaries.

These methods should not be seen as a ‘quick fix’. It can be time consuming to design and implement digital consultations, and to encourage young people to engage with them. However, the benefits can be substantial: for example, extending the geographical reach of a consultation, reducing travel costs, and gathering a wide variety of views in different formats.

The videos on this page explain some of the digital consultation methods used by Young Scot, a national youth information and citizenship charity.

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“There are many reasons to use a social platform. The biggest one is to socialise with your friends. Therefore we’ve got to negotiate access if we want to do other things in those spaces.”
Tim Davies, Practical Participation