A team of ten 16-year-olds are celebrating success with their campaign to educate youngsters on the dangers of online relationships.
It was launched by Ribchester A-level student Harry McCartney after he took part in a summer event by The Challenge Network.
The body was founded in 2009 with the mission to contact and inspire young people to strengthen their communities.
With his Team Reiss, he said the campaign day last month went really well in the centre of Blackburn, designing and making T-shirts, contacting the public and resaching their goal of 250 signatures supporting the campaign.
“We offered stickers and sweets to anyone who signed our pledge and were amazed to find that we had reached 311 signatures,” said Harry.
“These, combined with our Twitter and Facebook entries, meant we had 487 names follows and likes. This was amazing and our entire team was over the moon.”
Other steps included in the campaign included fund-raising events through September, helping a local charity, and joining a youth board to organise meetings and fun days.
Next year, the team has the chance to become an associate mentor helping to coach next year’s Challenge Network entrant through the challenge’s final week.
Harry added: “Our campaign is to raise awareness of online safety involving relationships made online.
“With the results, we can estimate how many people we could in theory make aware of being safe online.
“In the future we are going to keep plugging our Facebook page and possibly have more campaign days.”
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