This project worked with Aboriginal youth under the age of 25 – an age group that forms the majority of the Aboriginal population in Victoria and is among the highest users of mobile phones, actively engaging in social media and other online platforms. With the advent of Web 2.0 technologies, Aboriginal youth throughout Australia are increasingly using digital technologies, especially mobile phones and the internet, to produce and tell their stories in ways determined by them.
This community report discusses the implementation of a pilot Digital Storytelling Workshop with young people and older community representatives associated with Bert Williams Aboriginal Youth Services in Melbourne.
The workshop highlighted the importance of working with the Aboriginal community to find out how Aboriginal young people engage with digital technology. The outcomes from this workshop reveal that by expanding digital and medial literacy skills in culturally safe environments, this can support young people’s potential to creatively use technology to build identity, affirm connections to culture and improve their capacity for positive self-representation.