Kymberly Martin

New program to help girls ‘rule the internet’

Autism Queensland is a running what it said is the first program of its kind with a specific focus on teenage girls on the autism spectrum.


Online safety, bullying, dealing with trolls and finding your YouTube personality are some topics that will be covered in The Girl’s Guide to Ruling the Internet holiday program for girls on the autism spectrum aged 13-17 years.

The Girl’s Guide will focus primarily on YouTube, from the technical aspects of channel planning, content creation including device-based film making, editing and special effects through to artwork, filming, editing and adding effects through mobile devices through to growing a YouTube channel and becoming a YouTube personality.

Program mentor Daisy Van Ghert, (pictured), said some of today’s biggest YouTube influencers were girls.


“Girls are taking over YouTube through comedy, entertainment, food, video games and especially through lifestyle and beauty,” she said. “This program will cover how girls are learning and sharing from each other, forming friendships and having fun online.”

It is part of Autism Queensland’s popular Teen Tech Shed program.

Autism Queensland manager vocational programs, David McCartney said girls are as engaged in the online world as boys but face unique challenges, particularly for those on the autism spectrum. “This program also provides the girls who attend with the opportunity to make friends and learn from each other in a safe and fun environment.”

The program will be delivered over three days from October 1-3, Autism Hub, Woolloongabba. The fee for the three days is $521.76 per student, and NDIS individual funding can be used if applicable.

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