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India – Educating the young on digital safety

Before it was banned, TikTok began working with scores of content creators and firms in India last year to populate its short-form video service with educational videos. Facebook has been more successful and partnered with the Indian Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), a government body that oversees education in private and public schools in India, to launch a certified curriculum on digital safety and online well-being, and augmented reality for students and educators in the country. Facebook and CBSE aim to prepare secondary school students for current and emerging jobs, and help them develop skills to browse the internet safely and make well informed choices. Facebook said it will provide training in various phases. In the first phase, more than 10,000 teachers will be trained; in the second, they will coach 30,000 students. The 3 week training will cover fundamentals. They are also exploring ways to make use of Facebook’s Spark AR Studio to create augmented reality experiences. Facebook invested $5.7 billion in the India telecom giant Reliance Jio Platforms last year and launched ‘Digital Udaan’, a digital literacy programme for first-time internet users. India is the biggest market for Facebook by user count.

Meanwhile Instagram has produced a Guide for Building Healthy Digital Habits, which has been developed in collaboration with the Jed Foundation and Young Leaders for Active Citizenship. The Guide aims to help youth understand the “socio-emotional space” they operate in and engage in health conversations.

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Alastair Tempest

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