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From Surviving To Thriving In A Digital World: A Safer Internet Day Chat
The National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) and The Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop are teaming up to host a webinar and Facebook Live Event with adult and youth experts for Safer Internet Day on Tuesday, February 7, 2023 (4:00 pm - 5:30 pm EST).

“From Surviving To Thriving In A Digital World: A Safer Internet Day Chat” will be a conversation about the importance of designing online experiences with kids’ well-being in mind, including providing insights from young people on what they need in order to thrive when their lives are digital by default.


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Pranav Karthikeyan
Teen Ambassador @NAMLE
Pranav Karthikeyan is a middle school student on a mission to ensure that everyone has access to credible information. Pranav has been a NAMLE ambassador since he was ten years old, and he is currently working to combat misinformation and raise media literacy awareness both in and outside of the United States. Through his "Muscle Up Against Misinformation" campaign, he hopes to make media literacy bigger, stronger, and stickier than misinformation. He also enjoys robotics, soccer, learning new things at school, and hanging out with friends.
Alexa Negrete
Teen, Digital 4 Good Awardee
Alexa Negrete (she/her) is a Gen Z mental health and digital wellness advocate working with #ICANHELP as they work to empower student changemakers, while promoting digital safety and citizenship. Additionally, Alexa is a Junior at Northern Arizona University studying Special Early Childhood Education. She has been partnered with the #ICANHELP initiative since she was in 7th grade, was awarded as a Digital4Good Winner in 2017, and has served in a variety of different positions within the internship program. Now, Alexa is #ICANHELP's Social Impact Manager and sits on #ICANHELP's Board of Directors! Whether through its technology or working in the classroom, Alexa is always searching for new ways to empower students, celebrate their successes, and support them in their growth as they maximize their endless potential!
Caden Ketchman
Teen, Digital 4 Good Awardee
Caden Ketchman is a senior in high school as well as the PR Intern at ICANHELP. He uses his platform to spread positivity as well as fight for policy change in the fields of education and healthcare. Caden plans to further the impact of ICANHELP and continues to prioritize making a positive impact on the world through social media.
Elizabeth Milovidov
Digital Child Safety, Senior Manager Responsible Child Engagement @The LEGO Group
Dr. Elizabeth Milovidov is Senior Manager, Digital Child Safety, supporting The LEGO Group as a trusted leader in implementing and promoting digital child safety, wellbeing and citizenship in parallel with responsible digital engagement with children. As a lawyer, law professor and child online protection expert with more than 20 years of experience, she has advised government and child protection agencies, non-profits and think tanks on public awareness campaigns, research initiatives and public policy strategies related to digital safety, parenting, and wellbeing. She is an international speaker on digital parenting and her work has been featured in BBC, France 24, WSJ, Internet Matters and other media outlets and organizations focused on child online safety and digital parenting.
Michael Preston
Executive Director @Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop
Michael Preston is the Executive Director of the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, a research and innovation lab that focuses on harnessing the potential of emerging media to promote children’s learning and wellbeing. The Cooney Center conducts original research on emerging technologies and collaborates across sectors to put research into action. Prior to the Cooney Center, Michael’s work focused on using technology to improve teaching and learning, drive student agency, and create models for systemic change in K-12 and university contexts. He is a co-founder of CSforALL, the hub for the national Computer Science for All movement. He earned a PhD in Cognitive Science in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and a BA in East Asian Studies from Harvard University.
Jimmeka Anderson
Project Manager @NAMLE
Jimmeka Anderson, Ph.D. is the Project Manager of the Cyber Citizenship Initiative. Her research interests include critical digital media literacy education and she has immersed her professional development efforts in focusing on technology inequity among historically marginalized students. She received her master’s degree in Educational Media with a focus on New Media Literacies at Appalachian State University. While serving as the Founder and Executive Director of I AM not the MEdia, Inc. for ten years, she has developed curriculum and award-winning community programs that empower youth through media literacy and media creation. Additionally, Jimmeka is the creator of the Teen Media Literacy Conference in Charlotte, NC, and has served in several leadership/advisory roles with the National Association of Media Literacy Education (NAMLE), American Education Research Association (AERA), and American Library Association (ALA).
Sarah Jacobstein
Project Manager, Responsible Innovation in Technology for Children (RITEC) @Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop
Sarah Jacobstein is the Joan Ganz Cooney Center’s project manager for Responsible Innovation in Technology for Children, a multistakeholder initiative that aims to create evidence-based, child-centered, practical tools for businesses and governments to put the well-being of children at the forefront of digital design. Sarah is a child rights advocate who is dedicated to exploring how business policy and practice can be better for children, with a focus on children’s rights in the digital environment. She has spent most of her career nurturing partnerships in support of UNICEF’s work around the globe. This included building a child rights & business initiative for the U.S. market, advocating to improve the private sector’s impact on children in the marketplace, workplace, and environment.
Michelle Ciulla Lipkin
Executive Director @NAMLE
Michelle Ciulla Lipkin is the Executive Director of the National Association for Media Literacy Education. Michelle has helped NAMLE grow to be the preeminent media literacy education association in the U.S. She launched the first ever Media Literacy Week in the U.S. now in its 9th year, developed strategic partnerships with companies such as Thomson Reuters, Meta, YouTube, and Nickelodeon, and restructured both the governance and membership of NAMLE. She has overseen six national conferences and done countless appearances at conferences and in the media regarding the importance of media literacy education. Michelle is an alumni of the U.S. Dept. of State’s International Visitors Program (Australia/2018). She is currently an Adjunct Lecturer at Brooklyn College where she teaches Media Literacy. Michelle is also on the Advisory Council for the Children’s Advertising Review Unit (CARU) and also serves on National Judge’s Panel for Trend Micro’s “What’s Your Story?” Youth Media Contest.
Ameen Berjis
Headstream Youth 2 Innovator Leader @Headstream
Ameen is a 10th grade student who is passionate about making a difference in teen wellbeing in online spaces. As a Headstream Youth 2 Innovator Leader, Ameen has been featured in the All Tech is Human HX report on how aligning technologies around our human needs improves digital wellbeing. He also co-authored an article for YR Media about how HX can provide the opportunity to make a positive impact on teens in a digital world. Ameen is currently developing an app to provide teens with a digital space for inspiration and mentorship.