New program launched by Facebook aims to cover topics such as privacy, respecting others online, best practices for strong passwords, the risks of public Wi-Fi, threats such as phishing and spam
Social networking giant Facebook launched a new Digital Literacy Library with lesson plans designed to teach young people of age 11 – 18 how to behave responsibly online. The company is focused on developing resources to help youth population use the internet in a positive and responsible way. Facebook is developing Digital Literacy Library in partnership with the Youth and Media team at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. The interactive lessons and videos can be downloaded for free, and they’re meant to be used in the classroom, in after-school programs or at home.
The program was under development for more than 10 years of academic research and ‘built in consultation with teens,’ the curriculum is divided into five themes: Privacy and Reputation, Identity Exploration, Positive Behavior, Security, and Community Engagement. Furthermore, there are total 18 lessons available in English and company plans to add 45 more languages. Lessons can be divided into three different age groups between 11 and 18, and they cover everything from having healthy relationships online (group activities include discussing scenarios like ‘over-texting’) to recognizing phishing scams.
The Digital Literacy Library is part of Facebook’s Safety Center as well as a larger effort to provide digital literacy skills to nonprofits, small businesses, and community colleges. However, the company missed out on ‘fake news.’ Facebook has worked on a news literacy campaign with the aim of reducing the spread of false news before. But given the company’s recent announcements admitting to the discovery of ‘inauthentic’ social media campaigns ahead of the midterm elections, the literacy library doesn’t focus on spotting potential problems on its platform.