What is WICID.tv?
WICID.tv is the youth information and media website for young people by young people. It is steered by a group of young people who make decisions on the future of the website and actively contribute to the project. The website was launched in 2011 and has been working for the last five years to give young people aged 11 to 25 years old access to creative opportunities and experience in journalism, providing a pathway into the creative industries.
WICID.tv also has loads of information for young people and can help direct you to organisations that can offer you specialist advice, support and further opportunities.
What are the main features of the website?
WICID.tv is YOUR website! You write the stories, you record the action and you paint the scene. Most of what you see on WICID.tv Is what we call “user-generated content” which means our members; just like you, send us their own stories, opinion pieces, reviews, drawings, photographs and videos, and we publish it for them.
WICID.tv is also full of useful, relevant and up-to-date information that you may need as a young person – sometimes it can be hard to find what you’re looking for using a search engine like Google, and you can’t believe everything you read online – for example, did you know that a teaspoon of honey contains as many calories as three McDonald’s cheeseburgers which is why bees are so fat!? – you probably didn’t know that, because it’s not true… at all!
At WICID.tv we aim to give you reliable information and the contact details of organisations that may be able to support you further, for example, if you are feeling down and need someone to talk to then you can find the details for Meic; the national information, advice and advocacy helpline for children and young people in Wales, via the organisations tab on WICID.tv.
If you have a question or you need some advice you can also ask the Wicid Nan. Our Nan is a kind, understanding and wise senior citizen who has no intention of slowing down, but she also has a knack for solving problems and coming up with creative solutions to issues, we can always count on her for some advice.
Who runs WICID.tv?
WICID.tv is operated and maintained by Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council (RCT) through its Youth Engagement and Participation Service (YEPS). It is steered by a group of young people known as the WICID.tv Editorial Team. We’ll tell you more about them later on, including how you can join!
The Youth Engagement and Participation Service offers young people in RCT access to a variety of provision including free activities during lunch-time, after-school and through the school holidays. The YEPS also run Extended Provision between 5.00pm and 8.00pm two evenings a week that young people aged 11 – 25 years old can attend.
Are you interested in taking part in a range of activities including Canvas Art, Astronomy GCSE, Snowboarding, Swimming, Hair and Beauty, Free Running and so much more? Follow the link to our brand new online booking system (launching November 2016) to confirm your place before they are all gone!
What is the wicid.tv editorial team?
The WICID.tv Editorial Team is a group of young people aged 11 to 25 years that meet regularly to discuss and develop the website. They also write articles and upload them onto Wicid. The team have been actively involved since the start of WICID.tv which resulted in choosing of the name ‘WICID’ and the design of our logo. The group advise us on how the website should look and what features we should work on throughout the year.
We want more young people to join our editorial team and get writing, as well as gain experience in the media industry. By being part of the group you could gain advanced access to books, games, CDs and event tickets in return for your reviews and could also receive free, accredited training to advance your creative experience and knowledge – these are the types of things that look great on a CV or personal statement for college and university – later on you’ll see stories from members of WICID.tv on what impact the project has had on their education and career.
How can I get involved?
WICID.tv is all about you and your work – by signing up to the website you can submit your own content – this can mean articles you have written about current affairs (what they talk about on the news), your opinion on a topic you care about; like “Crocs: Reptiles Not Footwear” or “How I Make the Perfect Cup of Tea”, although that one is likely to cause a stir!
You can also write fiction stories – we love creative writing here on WICID.tv, whether it’s your ode to vampires in love or a harrowing tale of the inevitable rise of kitchen utensils against humanity, we want you to publish here.
You can also advance your learning with us, more than 100 young people have gained an accredited outcome with WICID.tv over the last three years in Creative Writing, giving them the basic skills needed to start putting their imaginations into words and onto the page. We’re extremely proud of our young writers, some of whom have gone on to be shortlisted for awards for their short stories that they wrote during our courses.
You don’t have to be the next J.K Rowling or Shakespeare though; we encourage submissions of other media too. If you’re a budding illustrator then why not send us your artwork? Or, if you see yourself as the next Spielberg then why not premiere your short films on our YouTube page? There’s loads of content to inspire you, most of which was filmed and edited by young people.
What are the benefits of contributing to Wicid.tv?
When you publish on WICID.tv you’re gaining an instant audience made up of young people from across RCT and other readers all over the world! You can also read and view the content submitted by other young people and have discussions with them by leaving a comment. We encourage members to leave comments and engage in debate, but we take any form of bullying extremely seriously, so all comments are moderated – this means that no comment is published without the WICID editor checking it first.
Many of our young contributors have gone on to study media, film, game technology, journalism and creative writing at college and university, with some gaining employment as professional bloggers. One of our young writers recently published their first book!
The small print (but bigger)
WICID.tv and YEPS is supported and funded by the Welsh Government to work with young people aged 11 to 25 years old in Rhondda Cynon Taf.
We take online safety and child protection extremely seriously. All comments submitted to the website or any of the social networks associated with the WICID.tv and the YEPS will be moderated and any inappropriate posts will not be made live.
We will actively combat all forms of bullying and discrimination including incidences motivated by a person’s gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, faith and religion, pregnancy status and HIV status. We work in partnership with the Police to safeguard children and young people against online exploitation and we encourage our members, users and visitors to the website to report any incidences they see online via the CEOP button located on the bottom of the homepage.
We reserve the right to withdraw any content from the website and our social media posts; and refuse to post any new content posted, if it breaches community guidelines for the website, or is thought to be pertaining to any of the conditions aforementioned in the above paragraph. We may also amend or suspend your account without prior warning if you are in breach.
We cannot accept responsibility for any data loss incurred on the site or for content on the external sites that you have accessed via links posted on this website or on our social media.
The Council is committed to keeping your personal information safe and secure and keeping you informed about how we use your information. To learn about how your privacy is protected and how and why we use your personal information to provide you with services, please visit our service privacy notice here www.rctcbc.gov.uk/serviceprivacynotice and the Councils data protection pages here www.rctcbc.gov.uk/dataprotection.