IGF 2023 WS #360 Strengthening Youth Resilience to Online Harms


Organizer 1: Rachel Greenspan, Truth in Media Cooperative
Organizer 2: Amulya Panakam, 🔒
Organizer 3: Shevlin Jaffe, TIM

Speaker 1: Rachel Greenspan, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 2: Amulya Panakam, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 3: Shevlin Jaffe, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)


Rachel Greenspan, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)

Online Moderator

Amulya Panakam, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)


Shevlin Jaffe, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)


Birds of a Feather - 30 Min

Policy Question(s)

A. How can domestic and international stakeholders collaborate to ensure the online safety of youth populations? This includes data privacy and protections related to both domestic and cross-border data flows, and considerations for regulation of youth information consumption.
B. What type of awareness campaigns and educational initiatives will be most effective in building youth capacity and resilience to online harms? What societal factors will drive youth populations to engage responsibly online and educate themselves on potential cyber threats and information quality concerns?

What will participants gain from attending this session? Cyber threats, including harmful narratives that emerge from misinformation, disinformation, and mal-information (MDM), can have damaging consequences for marginalized groups including women and populations of color, increase the digital divide, disrupt democratic processes, and inflict harm to youth populations often considered to be "digital natives". Creating opportunities for youth to voice concerns and express themselves responsibly online is vital building resiliency and confronting MDM. This session will examine these elements and implications of information disorder, and explore different policy recommendations. Through the lens of a more informed and responsible outlook towards the internet, youth and others can engage in freedom of expression without fear of retribution, raise awareness and healthy skepticism related to information disorder, and share these ideas to inform governance and education. Creating opportunities for youth to learn, spread awareness, and explore solutions is vital to confronting this challenge and enhancing youth resiliency.


This session will address strengthening youth resilience to cybersecurity threats including cybercrime and the impacts of mis, dis, and mal-information (MDM) by emphasizing online safety and the ability to navigate the complexities of today’s digital information ecosystem as essential components to individual safety and resilience. Speakers will discuss multi-stakeholder engagement, educational initiatives, and policy approaches to build capacity and resilience, and ultimately empower youth to engage safely and productively online.

Expected Outcomes

This session will focus on creating and strengthening partnerships across public domains including government, civil society, the private sector, and international organizations. There is often a disconnect between institutions on how to tackle misinformation, disinformation, and mal-information (MDM) and this session will expand on the strategies, tools, and policies that will strengthen youth’s ability to be resilient to MDM, while also promoting awareness and education on the topic.

Hybrid Format: This session will utilize a number of interactive elements to bridge ensure engagement and participation from both onsite and online speakers and attendees. Session speakers will leverage live polling, interactive classroom tools like nearpod.com, brief breakout discussions, active moderation of comments (both online and onsite) and a brief Q&A. Both onsite and online attendees will have access to the same digital platforms to ensure cohesiveness. The speakers will deliver a concise presentation featuring the perspectives of young students from across the country, followed by a series of thought-provoking questions to engage the audience and facilitate a productive discussion. At the end of the session, speakers will employ an activity to gauge participant understanding and re-emphasize key takeaways.