Facebook has announced the launching of a ‘Digital Literacy Library’ to help young people build the skills they need to safely enjoy online technology.
Speaking on the development Antigone Davis, Global Head of Safety said, ‘This library, a collection of lessons to help young people think critically and share thoughtfully online There are 830 million young people online around the world, and this library is a resource for educators looking to address digital literacy and help these young people build the skills they need to safely enjoy digital technology’.
The interactive lessons and videos, developed in partnership with the Youth and Media team at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University for educators of youth aged 11 to 18, can be downloaded for free.
Divided into themes such as privacy and reputation, identity exploration, security, safety and well-being, the lessons reflect the voices of young people from diverse socio-economic backgrounds, ethnicities, geographies, and educational levels.
“We know that educators already manage busy classrooms and learning environments. The lessons were designed to make it as easy as possible to integrate them into formal and informal learning environments – letting educators know how much time each lesson will take and providing written prompts to follow along the way,” said Karuna Nain, Global Safety Programmes Manager at Facebook.
“These lessons work well together or on their own, in after-school programmes or at home, and can be modified to incorporate educators’ own experiences and ideas,” Nain explained.
Currently, the 18 lessons are in English language and Facebook is planning to launch these in additional 45 languages soon.