Facebook Promotes Online Safety Lessons for Teenagers

Facebook is teaching safety lessons to teens worldwide. The company’s new web app is helping educators explain internet safety. The app is a Digital Literacy Library with 18 lessons, including worksheets. Nonprofit organisations and businesses may also receive help from using the app. It’ll be available in 45 different languages.

Ireland has its own internet safety office (OIS), promoting awareness and working with stakeholders to develop internet standards. OIS has an internet hotline that allows citizens to report illegal internet activity. The office mainly targets child pornography.

Tips for internet safety include: being cautious about releasing personal information, reporting suspicious activity, and refusing to meet strangers from the internet, without the presence of a parent or guardian.

Block people that you do not know in the messaging apps. People sometimes pretend to be someone they are not. Blocking prevents anyone you aren’t familiar with from seeing your posts.

Save evidence of cyberbullying. It’s a significant problem among teens who take part in social media interactions. If provoked, don’t respond. It’s better to ignore the behaviour to prevent escalation. Block cyberbullies, and inform an adult at once.

If blogging or vlogging, limit the personal information shared. Anyone can see blogs, so be careful about what you say. Understand that the words used in a blog may affect others. Review the material before it’s posted.

Online gaming is a terrific way to make new friends, but don’t share your real name or address. People sometimes may not be who they say they are. It’s important for internet users to stay safe.

In May, the technology giant launched a youth portal, including lessons about how to use Facebook. Its Messenger Kids app targets younger children who need parental supervision. It’s a way for parents to introduce social media to children while teaching them to use it responsibly.