Launch of fantastic website for young people

PUBLISHED: 12:45 28 August 2008 | UPDATED: 16:32 05 May 2010

A NEW interactive website for all young people in Herts launches on Monday. It is called www.channelmogo.org and is aimed at all 11 to 19-year-olds (up to 25 with a disability or a learning difficulty). The site offers young people a range of information

A NEW interactive website for all young people in Herts launches on Monday.

It is called www.channelmogo.org and is aimed at all 11 to 19-year-olds (up to 25 with a disability or a learning difficulty).

The site offers young people a range of information on everything from alcohol, sex and relationships to driving, youth rights and bullying.

The information is linked into local services, one-to-one support provided locally by Connexions personal advisers and to online 24/7 support from Connexions Direct.

Channelmogo also offers interactive elements such as vidcasts, mp3 downloads, reviews, youth event promotions and competitions.

Once on the site, young people will be offered the opportunity to register if they want to take part in discussion boards, votes or web chat as these elements are moderated by trained staff.

Research showed that young people wanted an interactive, colourful website that would offer bite-sized chunks of engaging, useful information.

For example, there's an interactive map that helps users to plot out where activities are taking place close to where they live by entering their postcode.

Hertfordshire Children's Trust Partnership has funded the development of the site which will help all agencies that work with and for young people to find out what young people want and to make sure that their views are taken into account when planning services.

Head of participation and communications, Wendy Bristow, said: "Having a local site where all the information and advice young people need is stored in one place is fantastic for them and for adults who want to support them.

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