Ethical Development Program

VFFF has a long standing interest in ethics and initiatives that equip people with the knowledge, skills and conviction to make considered decisions. In 2016 the Ethical Development Working Group used a Theory of Change framework to set an ambitious goal: Young teenagers use communications technology ethically. In 2017, VFFF set its sights on finding a way to meet this goal.

Today’s teenagers are the first generation to have grown up surrounded by digital technology, with more than 90% online every day. At its core, this work is about empowering young people to exercise good judgment online.

Evidence suggests this a is multi-faceted issue and multiple stakeholders have a role to play in supporting teenagers to make good decisions online – including technology and online communication companies, parents, educators, community organisations and government.

We have engaged the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) as the partner for this program. BIT has crafted a phased approach, commencing recently with research and consultation.  BIT will work with a consortium of organisations – including Google, ReachOut and Top Blokes Foundation – to identify promising interventions, build an evidence base about shifting ethical behaviour and produce prototypes for testing.

We are excited to see where this work takes us in 2018.

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