Young Digital Leaders
We believe young people can learn to be upstanders, not bystanders, in order to create a safe, positive and vibrant community online.
Social media has rapidly become one of the most important forums in our lives. It is where we gather information, form our worldviews, and debate and discuss the issues that matter to us.
For our economy, for our political system and for our individual wellbeing, social media is now a vital space. It has also become a vital space for extremist groups, seeking to communicate, promote their narratives, and recruit.
Despite the rising threat of extremism online, education systems across the world have been slow to react. Not enough is being done to help young people develop the skills they need – not just to stay safe, but to be powerful citizens in the 21st Century.
For the last 5 years, ISD has been working to address this urgent need. We have done this through our Extreme Dialogue programme, the Be Internet Citizens initiative with Google, and two digital resilience programmes:
ISD’s Digital Resilience Programme helps young people build resilience to extremist grooming and propaganda on social media, through the development and delivery of engaging educational workshops delivered in schools. Focusing on critical thinking, media literacy and digital citizenship capacities, the project develops positive attitudinal and behavioural change. It uses a CVE-implicit, up-stream approach to empower more capable and resilient citizens, and in doing so disrupts the ability of extremist groups to influence, exploit and recruit our young people.
The Young Digital Leaders Project delivers interactive workshops to teach young people aged 12-15 to be critical consumers of information online. Delivered through a collaborative partnership model between students, teachers, parents and civil society organisations, we train young people to be respectful, effective and responsible online communicators and tomorrow’s digital leaders.
This European-wide programme, developed in partnership with Google Brussels and Google.org, was created in order to equip young people with the skills they need to create a safe, powerful and positive online community, and to date workshops have been delivered to young people in Italy, Romania, Sweden, Greece and Bulgaria. We were proud to work with a number of local partners in this: Kommon Ground (Sweden); Associazione Artistica Culturale (A Rocca) (Italy); Action Synergy (Greece); Rose Valley (Bulgaria); and the RomGroup of European Youth for Change (GEYC) (Romania).
Our 2019 resources and toolkits for teachers, parents and young people are available to download for free in English, French, Bulgarian, Greek and Romanian. Simply download from the links below.
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