Young Digital Leaders

We believe young people can learn to be upstanders, not bystanders, and help create safe, positive and vibrant communities online.

Young Digital Leaders is an educational programme that empowers young people across Europe aged 12-16 to apply digital citizenship, critical thinking and media literacy skills online. Based around a core curriculum that addresses cross-cutting harms such as disinformation and targeted abuse, the programme supports young people to recognise the positive contributions they can make to their digital communities.

In addition to the curriculum, ISD have developed a guide for parents and a Digital Citizenship Education Programming Toolkit for NGOs, enabling them to develop and expand digital resilience beyond the classroom.

To date, ISD has partnered with civil society organisations in Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Romania and Sweden to engage a spectrum of students, teachers and parents. These include Kommon Ground (Sweden); Associazione Artistica Culturale (A Rocca) (Italy); Action Synergy (Greece); Rose Valley (Bulgaria); and the Group of European Youth for Change (GEYC) (Romania).

In just two years, the programme has reached over 10,000 students, 550 teachers and 230 parents across the region. Furthermore, our 2019 evaluation indicated that:

  • 97% of parents and carers felt better able to help their children deal with online safety challenges having attended a YDL session;
  • 98% of teachers who attended a training thought the YDL programme is helpful to teach digital citizenship;
  • 94% of students felt the workshop taught new knowledge and skills.

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the programme’s French curriculum was adapted to provide educators with additional guidance and activities that enable them to discuss online disinformation, stereotyping, and hatred via a public health lens.

All the Young Digital Leaders resources are available to download below in English, Bulgarian, French, Greek and Romanian.

 

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ISD’s Education team

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.
Hugo Besançon
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Hugo Besançon

Associate

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Hugo Besançon
Hugo Besançon

Associate

Hugo Besançon is an Associate at ISD working within the Education team to produce and disseminate pedagogical content to help empower young people against a wide array of online harms (dis/misinformation and hate speech). He participated in the production of ISD’s Young Digital Leaders Curriculum and contributes to ISD’s educational programmes (Extreme Dialogue, Be Internet Citizens, ReNews, Young Digital Leaders). He previously worked at the Council of Europe (where he organised the World Forum for Democracy) and at the French National Digital Council (where he worked on topics such as gender equality in tech, digital citizenship, facial recognition). Hugo is a graduate from Sciences Po Strasbourg where he specialised in European Policy. Hugo also holds a Master’s degree in Digital Law and Open Government from Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne where he focused on the right to Privacy in the 21st Century.
Iris Boyer
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Iris Boyer

Advisor to ISD France

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Iris Boyer
Iris Boyer

Advisor to ISD France

Iris Boyer is an Advisor to ISD France. She was previously Deputy Head of the Communications, Education and Networks team at ISD, overseeing a number of programmes supporting and amplifying civil society’s efforts against extremism through scaled partnerships with tech companies and grassroots organisations. Previously, Iris worked at YouTube on the development and coordination of the global campaign Creators for Change, after having managed counter speech and social good programmes at Facebook for their EMEA policy team. Prior to that, she spent some time working for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a junior policy analyst in Russia and Eastern Europe, as well as for the French Ministry of Finance, as an economic attaché covering the South Caucasus region. She is the co-author of ISD reports Information Manipulations Around COVID-19: France Under Attack, Building Digital Citizenship in France: Lessons from the Sens Critique project, Mapping hate in France: A panoramic view of online discourse, Building Digital Citizenship in France: Lessons from the Sens Critique project, and the Young Digital Leaders Impact Report. Iris holds a French 5-year diploma in social sciences and humanities from Sciences Po, as well as an international Master in Public Affairs from the Higher School of Economics in Moscow and the London Metropolitan University.