Listening to our young people

How do young people grow up to be good friends and good citizens in this time of rapid technological change?

The online world is not an optional extra for young people in Australia, it’s an inseparable part of life. In a world of instant sharing and quick judgement, how do young people learn to make good choices and what sorts of ethical decisions do they encounter? This was the focus of some recent work in Parramatta, New South Wales.

Over two days in April, TACSI was invited to design and facilitate a forum to unlock the contributions of 61 young people representative of 12-16 year olds living in Sydney. Together we sought to understand the challenges and opportunities of ethical development in an online world. Critically, our approach focussed on seeing young people as competent interpreters of their own lives and as valued partners – not participants.

The #NoFilterForum was part of the Behavioural Insights Team’s CODE project, funded by the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation. The forum aimed to both involve young people in a meaningful way in intervention design and gain young people’s input into the debate on ethical development of young people in Australia.

We think the best people to tell you about the experience are young people themselves…

We’d like to acknowledge the participation of all of the young people in the project to date. If you’d like more information go to