Training youths in creating a positive and safe culture online

Learn more: The programme is just one of the many activities carried out by TFM to benefit Malaysian children. - File photo

A DIGITAL literacy programme is available for youths nationwide to help them grow into mindful digital citizens who think critically and share thoughtfully online.

The “We Think Digital” programme aims to equip youths with skills that let them create a positive and safe culture online.

This follows a successful nationwide pilot by Teach For Malaysia (TFM) and Facebook Malaysia, involving 950 students from across six different schools in Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Johor, Sarawak and Sabah.

Endorsed by the Education Ministry, the programme’s learning resources are designed to help people whether they are new to the Internet or are a digital native who wants to learn more and improve their digital skills.

The content was created by the social media company together with experts, academics and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the Asia Pacific region.

In Malaysia, topics will include privacy, safety, security, digital discourse and knowing your digital footprint. These are organised into four modules.

Facebook and its partners from the government, civil society groups, and communities will conduct the training sessions for youths, students, and teachers.

The goal is to train 2,500 students across the country by April next year.

“Most active Internet users in Malaysia are young people. However, many lack the critical thinking skills necessary to participate safely and responsibly online,” said TFM chief executive officer Chan Soon Seng.

“Malaysia has one of the fastest growing Internet populations and with the growing number of new users, developing skills around digital literacy and digital citizenship is vital to creating a positive and safe culture on the Internet,” added Facebook Malaysia country director Nicole Tan.

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