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, Technology, Communications & Education

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Jennie King
Jennie King

Senior Policy Manager, Technology, Communications & Education

Jennie King is a Senor Policy Manager, supporting programme design, policy outreach and strategy across the organisation. Before joining ISD, Jennie 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. In Egypt she coordinated a system reform programme with the Ministries of Education and Higher Education, including the most extensive policy dialogues in recent decades, and organised the country’s first ever Social Enterprise Week with 400+ stakeholders from the public, private and third sectors. In Europe she spearheaded the People-to-People Central Europe programme, an initiative to foster cohesion in the most deprived and marginalised regions of Hungary, Slovakia and Czech Republic, designing activities to promote inclusive economic growth and youth-based social action. Jennie read Arabic and Spanish at Pembroke College, Cambridge, receiving a Foundation Scholarship and the Marie Shamma’a Frost Prize for Oriental Studies. She was awarded the Idle Scholarship on graduation, joining Occidental College’s Oxy-at-the-UN Programme in New York. At UNHQ she completed courses in Conflict Resolution and Human Development and led a task force for the Assistant Secretary-General for Climate Change. She also served as an Attaché for the Guatemalan Diplomatic Mission, covering modalities for the Post-2015 Development Agenda, COP 20, and resolutions passing through the Security Council on ISIL.
Josh Phillips
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Josh Phillips

Manager, Technology, Communications & Education

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Josh Phillips
Josh Phillips

Manager, Technology, Communications & Education

Josh is a Manager working on the ISD’s Education Programme, where he supports the development, delivery and evaluation of key digital citizenship projects, Be Internet Citizens and Young Digital Leaders. 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. He has co-authored and published impact reports, as well as a toolkit for NGOs to design their own digital citizenship projects. Previously, he developed his research and project management skills on Chatham House’s US and Americas Programme. A former teacher holding a PGCE, Josh also has an MSc in International Politics from SOAS University of London, and a BA in English Literature from Leeds University.
Henry Tuck
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Henry Tuck

Head of Policy & Research

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Henry Tuck
Henry Tuck

Head of Policy & Research

Henry Tuck is Head of Policy & Research at ISD, responsible for the overall management of the Institute’s research programme, including oversight of all publications, research methods, and ethics across a variety of topics, from disinformation to the far-right and extremism online. Henry also leads ISD’s policy-focused work to counter online harms in collaboration with a range of key stakeholders, advising leading governments, international organisations and major private sector tech companies. Since starting at ISD in 2013, Henry has previously driven fundraising, strategy and the development of new projects and partnerships, led a series of ISD’s education and counter-narrative projects (including Extreme Dialogue and Be Internet Citizens), designed the Institute’s Monitoring and Evaluation frameworks, and conducted research on foreign fighters, deradicalisation and the far-right. He holds a Masters (with distinction) in International Conflict Studies from Kings College London, and a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Durham University.