Youth, Social Media, and Violence
Thursday 12 August 2021 19:00
Zoom online event

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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 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 this study to explore youth perspectives regarding social media and violence. The findings of the survey will contribute to the designing and implementation of effective measures to minimise and eradicate violence in social media.

Join us for a panel discussion with our esteemed guests to find out more on what the study has to say and how we can embed its recommendations to help mitigate modern day violence in Sri Lanka.


Speaker / Panelist

Welcome and Introduction

Maarya Rehman, British Council Sri Lanka, Country Head

Introduction to Survey and key findings

Prof Prasanna Perera, Lead Researcher                   

Key Recommendations

Dr Malani Balamayuran, Senior Researcher                  

PANEL DISCUSSION moderated by Dr Vinya Ariyaratne, President Sarvodaya Movement

Social media consumption patterns among Sri Lankan youth

Mr Anura de Alwis, Chief Digital Economy Officer, ICTA

Prevalent forms of social media violence and abuse 

Roel Raymond, Editor in Chief- Media, Roar Global

Experience of social media violence and its impact

Mr Nalaka Gunawardane, Digital Media Analyst             

The role of Sri Lankan youth in prevention of social media violence

Hashtag Generation –Ms. Nethmini Medawala, Head of Programmes


Participants can type in their question on the chat box and the moderator will pick and raise them with the panelists.



This is a public event open to all. Admission free.

This event will be trilingual and have facilities for a sign language interpreter.

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