ICON app creator sharing at Netsafe's Education Symposium
Keryn Tubbs, creator and Project Manager of ICON, an app designed to help young people find the right supports when confronted by challenges and conflict online, will be sharing the journey of making this a reality at Netsafe’s Education Symposium.
An excerpt from Keryn Tubbs at the recent launch of ICON.
“After two years in the making, finally being able to share ICON feels amazing. The idea for ICON came when I was presenting at a conference on the Gold Coast. The focus of the conference was bullying and our presentation was around young people taking action against bullying. An earlier presenter had shared an App developed for nurses working in the outback and experiencing disproportionate levels of bullying. The App connected them directly to resources that could help them. I had one of those lightbulb moments where their idea just seemed to click with a need I had seen and I couldn’t understand why something like this hadn’t been made for young people sooner.
Growing up in a small rural town, I was well aware of the limited access both to services for youth and ways for youth to find the services that could actually help them. I was fortunate in that I was probably a bit more aware of these services than many young people, due to my work with Sticks n Stones and previous experiences when helping out my peers.
In the beginning I had no idea what ICON would actually look like. I knew that it needed to be simple and non-judgemental and I knew that it needed to be written for young people, by other young people. There are already incredible resources out there that can help young people. The aim of ICON was never to duplicate these resources, it was instead, to provide access to those resources. ICON would be a place to collate and sort these services so young people in need didn’t have to scour the internet for hours and still come up with information only half relevant to their needs.
Did I have any idea how long and how much work it would take to make my idea a reality? Absolutely not. It was absolutely a process of highs and lows. Taking an idea which I so strongly believed would be a real asset for young people and then putting the idea out there, was both exhilarating and exhausting. Developing ICON has been a rollercoaster, that’s for sure, but I couldn’t be happier with the outcome.”
Netsafe is hosting a one day event on the 9th October at the Maritime Room, Auckland City. This is a day focused on looking at ‘Inspiring Positive Change’ at every level around young people and the supports to not only use online environments safely, but to thrive with confidence, knowledge, values and skills to help shape a positive culture online.
The programme offers an exceptional line-up of local and international experts, creators, and leaders who are committed to making a difference.
Information about Netsafe’s Education Symposium is available here.