Charity site wants 2.0 help strung out students

13 Aug 2008

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A youth charity organisation has relaunched a more Web 2.0-oriented website aimed at helping stressed-out second-level students, no doubt fretting today whether they will have enough points for the college course of their choice.

In the past, the stressful part of receiving final exam results was just finding out how you did. Today, the first two gadgets out of a graduate’s pocket are a calculator for adding up points, followed by the mobile phone to tell friends and family.

SpunOut.ie, a youth-oriented charity organisation, has re-developed its website following consultation with teenagers and has added a new support service database, mapping features and integrated access to the Samaritans email support.

Users can also upload articles, pictures and videos via the Media Factory.

The new site also includes moderated live discussion forums, shared profile pages and the ability to showcase media created by users.

The charity SpunOut.ie works with young people and is run by a staff of eight, plus 300 volunteers.

“SpunOut.ie exists so that the young people of Ireland are empowered with information, tools, resources and opportunities to create positive change in their own lives, their communities and in the world,” said spokesperson, Susan Quirke.

“We are calling on young people to take control of their information, their media, their mental health, their physical health, their education and their lives to help generate a sense of well being in this often chaotic world. SpunOut.ie helps young people make this happen,” Quirke said.

By John Kennedy

Editor John Kennedy is an award-winning technology journalist.

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