The social media platform, Facebook announced the launch of the Digital Literacy Library, a collection of lessons in 6 Indian languages which includes Bengali, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam.
In the presence of Union Women and Child Development (WCD) Minister Maneka Gandhi, the announcement was made at Facebook’s South Asia Safety Summit.
Meanwhile, Facebook organized a child safety hackathon at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi in partnership with Cyber Peace Foundation and Department of Management Studies, IIT Delhi. Aiming at developing solutions to help combat child sex trafficking, they even donated all prototypes developed at the hackathon to NGO partners which indeed will help them in their work of protecting children.
Antigone Davis, Global head for Safety, Facebook said, “The launch of the Digital Literacy Library, the child safety hackathon and several offline training programmes we run in partnership with local experts, reaffirm our seriousness in combating online abuse.”
He added, “We expect to train 3,00,000 people by end of 2018, and we will multiply these efforts in times to come.”
Facebook even reported the child exploitation happening through social media. In order to help the victims, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) will work with local law enforcement authorities.
Davis said, “The trainings are targeted primarily towards women and youth and are being done in collaboration with organisations such as Cyber Peace Foundation, Learning Links Foundation, Internet and Mobile Association of India, Gaon Connection, and Centre for Social Research, to name a few.”
The launch of the digital library will help them build the skills needed for safely enjoying digital technology