Facebook launched a new digital literacy resource for educators to help young people and build online awareness.
“Today we’re launching our Digital Literacy 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 company posted.
The Library is Facebook’s latest push to stop bad elements on the web from reaching children.
Earlier this year, Facebook launched Youth Portal to appeal to young people on its campaign.
Channel 4 UK recently reported that Facebook lacked effort to stop underage users from signing up. And Facebook then announced a crackdown on users under this demographic.
The Library broadens community awareness of the dangers of the internet. More young people or millennials have more knowhow on the workings of online platforms than older people.
The knowledge gap is a critical issue in digital literacy education. The rapid evolution of social media and the internet can be a challenge to keep up with, especially with its shifts and changes.
With Facebook continually updating resources, educators will have an easier time to catch up with threats and disseminate information.
The Research Behind It
Facebook used research from the Youth and Media team at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University for the new resources. It also covers considerations on different user groups.
“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,” the company added.
Facebook has talked to various communities to address their concerns. And it worked with partners to provide tools and solutions to resolve issues.
Its efforts seem to have reduced the negative publicity. But market expectations may not be as welcoming.
In Facebook’s recent Q2 earnings report, it warned that future earnings may take a hit due to its new efforts.
While educators received their Library, Facebook also expanded its campaign to educate more US business owners about digital technologies. It partnered with the Columbus State Community College and the National Urban League to make this possible.