Be Internet Citizens

ISD works with Google and other partners to build young people’s resilience to hate and extremism online.

Social media is shaping the way we view the world and our place in it. Today’s young people are digital natives and have the power to use social media to create positive change.

Be Internet Citizens is a programme for teenagers aged 13–15, delivered in partnership with YouTube Creators for Change, Beatfreeks and expert youth facilitators. Be Internet Citizens aims to increase young people’s digital resilience and citizenship skills by empowering them to stay safe online. It covers topics such as fake news, filter bubbles, ‘us’ vs ‘them’ argument and scapegoating.

The programme includes:

  • Interactive school workshops delivered to 150-200 students per workshop. Our latest evaluation shows that 71% of young people felt they would behave differently online as a result of being taught this programme.
  • Train the Trainer sessions delivered to teachers and youth workers who are then empowered to deliver the curriculum to their students. This is accompanied by a Unit of Work for teachers and a Community Toolkit for youth workers.
  • Flagship training in key locations across the UK, bringing together policymakers, teachers, students and youth workers for a main event to share the power of the programme.

Since 2017, Be Internet Citizens has reached over 35,000 students and teachers across the UK. Our latest impact report shows significant positive increase across all impact measures of knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours, as well as high scores on process related questions around enjoyment and overall impact.

For more information and resources see the Be Internet Citizens website.

Yesterday Google and ISD delivered their superb ‘Internet Citizens’ workshop at @academy_manorc, teaching teenagers about media literacy, critical thinking and digital citizenship. Very thought provoking stuff!Paula Sherriff MP, Shadow Minister for Health

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Jennie King
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Jennie King

Senior Policy Manager

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Jennie King
Jennie King

Senior Policy Manager

Jennie King is a Senior Policy Manager at ISD. She supports programme design, policy outreach and strategy across the organisation. Jennie previously served as MENA Regional Director Arts, Assistant Country Director Egypt and Co-Director Hungary for the British Council, the UK’s international body for cultural relations. She also served as an Attaché for the Guatemalan Diplomatic Mission. She is the co-author of the ISD report Hoodwinked: Coordinated Inauthentic Behaviour on Facebook. Jennie read Arabic and Spanish at Pembroke College, Cambridge, receiving a Foundation Scholarship and the Marie Shamma’a Frost Prize for Oriental Studies.
Lucie Parker
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Lucie Parker

Programme Operations Manager

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Lucie Parker
Lucie Parker

Programme Operations Manager

Lucie Parker is a Programme Operations Manager at ISD, responsible for the project and grant management, operational delivery and fundraising activities for ISD’s portfolio of programmes across Europe, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK. She also works on developing policies and practices that implement ISD’s commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and organisational wellbeing. Lucie has spent her career managing programmes across a range of social justice issues in the UK and international charity and non-profit sectors, with previous roles including Gender Analyst at International Crisis Group and Senior Policy and Research Officer at the Fawcett Society. She is a Founding Trustee of Bread & Roses, a charity that provides holistic support to refugee and asylum seeking women as they rebuild their lives in the UK. She is the co-author of the Young Digital Leaders Impact Report and Digital Resilience: Stronger Citizens Online. Lucie holds an MA with distinction in War Studies from King’s College London and a BA in Politics from the University of York.
Josh Phillips
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Josh Phillips

Project Manager

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Josh Phillips
Josh Phillips

Project Manager

Josh Philips is a Project Manager at ISD, where he supports the development, delivery and evaluation of ISD's digital citizenship projects. Through these projects, he has written unique, accredited curricula, which have been used to teach thousands of students across the UK and Europe, as well as to train hundreds of teachers. Josh has also supported the Education team’s policy engagement, including having briefed the UK Home Secretary on ISD’s digital citizenship programming. Previously, Josh worked on the US and the Americas Programme at Chatham House and completed the Teach First Leadership Development Programme. He has co-authored and published impact reports, as well as a toolkit for NGOs to design their own digital citizenship projects. He is the co-author of the ISD reports Digital Citizenship Education: Programming Toolkit, Young Digital Leaders 2019: From Safety to Citizenship Online, and the Be Internet Legends and Be Internet Citizens: Impact Report. Josh holds an MSc in International Politics from SOAS University of London as well as a BA in English Literature from Leeds University.