Virtual Event: Youth, Social media & Violence
Social media is at the forefront of digital technology, embedded as a facet of modern-day life. As a digital tool with a wide range of apps and websites, it allows people to easily create content, communicate information and ideas in real-time, and build relationships in the virtual world. In this setting, social media has also been identified as a major contributor to modern-day violence of various forms. Violent extremism, misinformation, hate speech, trolling and harassment targeting females, ethnic and gender minorities (LGBTQ), and political opponents are on the rise globally as well as in Sri Lanka. Recognising the urgency in addressing this situation, the British Council Sri Lanka and the Sarvodaya Institute of Higher Learning undertook a study to explore youth perspectives around social media and violence. The findings of the survey will contribute to the designing and implementation of effective measures to minimise and eradicate violence on social media. You can view the panel discussion, to find out more on what the study has to say and how we can embed its recommendations to help mitigate modern day violence on social media.