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September 15, 2023
Engaging female and male adolescents to foster positive online and offline engagement to prevent the spread of hate speech and disinformation in Sri Lanka
Digital access runs the risk of unlocking a host of risks for adolescents and youths, including the misuse of their private information, access to harmful content, and cyberbullying. While children and adolescents are increasingly going online, they are doing so without adult oversight or supervision.
To foster positive both online and offline engagement primarily among adolescents, Sarvodaya carried out a series of info sessions to ensure relevant parties are equipped with the knowledge and skills to handle cases of dangerous speech and conflict.
200 government officers (Child Rights Promotions Officers, Youth Service Officers, and relevant Divisional level Officers), 300 adolescents and 200 religious leaders/faith members have the necessary capacity, knowledge, and skills to respond to the drivers of harmful or dangerous speech and conflict.
Civil Society Organizations and other concerned stakeholders are likewise aware of the harmful narratives targeting children on social media and are effectively working towards countering and preventing such narratives.