Facebook has announced the release of a new educational online resource for young social media users, a “Digital Literacy Library“. The online library aims to educate young people aged 11-18 on navigating the digital world, as Facebook puts it.
The website hosts a multitude of learning opportunities which are presented in lessons, discussions, activities, quizzes and games. The Digital Literacy Library provides information regarding “Security, Community Engagement, Privacy and Reputation, Safety and Well-being, Information Literacy, Positive Behaviour, Identity Exploration, as well as Content Production”. Each topic has several subtopics, so the security lesson for example, discusses passwords, public Wi-Fi, as well as cybersecurity, phishing and spam. According to TechCrunch, educators are able to download the app for free.
Although Facebook’s Safety Centre is now hosting the Digital Literacy Library, the material is from the Youth and Media team at the Berkman Klein Centre for Internet & Society at Harvard University. However, TechCrunch also reported that Facebook aims to have other non-profits around the world edit the lessons and contribute new ones.