I actively translate my research into policy making and public education avenues so that my findings can be of direct benefit to stakeholders. I have been a member of several national committees including the Media Literacy Council, National Committee on Youth Guidance and Rehabilitation and the Singapore Media Academy's Academic Advisory Board.
Social Media Resource Kit for Youths-at-Risk
Notably, I distilled my research findings on media and technology use by juvenile delinquents into the Social Media Resource Kit for Youths-at-Risk, supported by the Ministry of Social and Family Development. The kit offers teachers, social workers and counsellors a comprehensive resource for guiding youths and their families on the benefits and risks of social media use and is used by schools and youth sector organisations throughout Singapore. Colourful and reader-friendly, the kit provides comprehensive information on popular social media platforms. It contains factsheets, conversation guides for speaking to parents and youths, news reports, self-assessment quizzes, group activities and Powerpoint slides for classroom use.
Youth Work Mobile 2.0 (YOWOMO2.0) is a European Partnership developing a framework for Vocational and Educational Training (VET) of youth workers facing the growing significance of smartphones and social media in the life of their clients. I collaborated with Lutz Siemer, Lecturer at the School of Social Work at Saxion University of Applied Sciences in The Netherlands on YOWOMO 2.0. Principally, the key content of the Social Media Resource Kit was been adapted into a competence quiz for youth workers in Europe for them to assess their personal readiness for guiding young people in today’s media landscape. The quiz is available in English, German, Spanish and Turkish, with more language versions to come!
Membership on Committees
- 2014-present, Media Literacy Council, Infocomm Media Development Authority
- 2014-2016, Academic Board Member, Singapore Media Academy
- 2009-2011, National Youth Council, Ministry of Community, Culture, Youth and Sport
- 2007-2009, Advisory Committee on the Impact of New Media on Society Working Group, Media Development Authority
- 2006-2010, Internet & Media Advisory Committee, Media Development Authority
- 2008-2012, Chair, New Media Taskforce, National Committee on Youth Guidance & Rehabilitation, Ministry of Social and Family Development
- 2006-2012, Member, National Committee on Youth Guidance & Rehabilitation, Ministry of Social and Family Development
- 2005-2007, National Internet Advisory Committee, Media Development Authority