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