As the digital world expands into new frontiers across virtual and augmented realities, the metaverse, and more, it is imperative that the safety of young people remains paramount. Coming together in online spaces is commonplace for today’s youth as they navigate complex social lives, academics, and growing up in an increasingly virtual world.
We are thrilled to welcome four youth speakers from across the US and EU for a transatlantic dialogue about the challenges and opportunities that technology brings to their lives. As part of their work on Microsoft’s Council for Digital Good, panelists will discuss how media literacy, digital citizenship, and personal safety impacts peers in their communities and around the globe.
Stephen Balkam of FOSI will facilitate this conversation alongside Dr. Sameer Hinduja of the Cyberbullying Research Center.
Youth participants will explore important topics such as:
- What excites and worries teens most about the future of connected life
- Why media literacy and digital citizenship are increasingly important as the technology landscape continues to evolve
- How young people handle both the positive and negative aspects of social media
- Reflections on personal experiences and how that informs their work with peers
The discussion will be framed by recent findings from Microsoft’s newly released 2022 Digital Civility Index, FOSI’s recent study on young people’s use of online safety tools, and findings from the Cyberbullying Research Center’s 2021 report. We will examine the ways that teens are navigating these trends in real-life scenarios, and where they believe there should be more support and emphasis when it comes to ensuring safe and positive experiences online.