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Facebook Launches New Digital Literacy Resource to Protect Young People

A few days ago, Facebook announced on its official blog the launch of Digital Literacy Library. The Facebook Digital Literacy Library is a collection of lessons to help young people think critically and share thoughtfully online. It’s also considered to be an attempt to protect the young online users and build awareness of the online world.

As said by Facebook:

“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.”

This step isn’t the only Facebook step in protecting young people from the dangers existing online. Back in 2016, Facebook launched its ‘Parents Portal’ in order to provide users with more resources to explore the dangers of social media for their children, and how they could help navigate potential issues.

Facebook Parents' Portal screenshot

Facebook’s second step was earlier this year, when it launched its ‘Youth Portal’, which is very similar to the Parents Portal tool, but with a focus on appealing to young people themselves. It includes tips for young people on things like security and reporting content.

Facebook's Youth Portal

After that Facebook continues its ongoing work on this front and announces its latest effort to address concerns around the exposure of children to the worst elements of the web, which is “Facebook Digital Literacy Library”.

As explained by Facebook:

The Digital Literacy Library is the latest addition to the Safety Center.”

As said by Facebook, the Digital Literacy Library lessons are made by the Youth and Media team at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, which has provided them freely available worldwide under a Creative Commons license.

“Developed for educators of youth ages 11 to 18, the lessons incorporate learnings from over 10 years of academic research by the Youth and Media team, and they reflect the voices of young people from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds, ethnicities, geographies, and educational levels. The lessons address thematic areas such as privacy and reputation, identity exploration, security, safety and wellbeing, and more.”

18 Lessons, which were designed to be featured with:

  • As easy as possible to integrate young people 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.
  • Work well together or on their own, in after-school programs or at home.
  • Can be modified to incorporate educators’ own experiences and ideas.
  • Currently available in English and coming soon in 45 additional languages.
  • Free to download and can be found on Facebook’s Safety Center and Berkman Klein’s Digital Literacy Resource Platform.
  • Lessons developed by Youth and Media are available on Berkman Klein’s Digital Literacy Resource Platform.

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 “We’re working with non-profit organizations around the world to adapt these lessons and create additional new ones for educators globally.”

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