Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and Facebook have joined hands to launch Internet Safety Education programs for students between the age group of 13 – 17. The programme will train children, teachers and parents on how to reap maximum benefits from internet while not compromising on their safety and security, IAMAI and Facebook said in a joint statement today.
The campaign, which is focused on building community awareness on this developmental issue, will also train educators, and child safety NGOs about internet safety practices. Subho Ray, President, IAMAI, said, “IAMAI has been running the Safe Surfing campaign in India for past 4 years covering 625000 students across India. We are delighted that Facebook has come forward to support this critical initiative and enrich the campaign with their global learning’s. ”
As a part of the first phase, the program will be rolled out across Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad to cover 18000 students across approximately 30 schools and institutions immediately. This will be concluded with a national conference in Delhi addressing online child safety issues later this year.The statement also said that the program will be extended to other Indian cities through 2014.
Ankhi Das, Director of Public Policy, Facebook India, said,
“Safety is an ongoing conversation between parents and kids, teachers and students, companies and the people who use the Internet. We encourage parents to have conversations about safety and technology early and often, in the same way that they talk to their kids about being safe at school, in the car, on public transportation or playing sport. Let’s keep talking about safety so that we can all make smart choices, wherever we are. We are glad to collaborate with IAMAI on this important initiative.”
The big blue social network will develop the content and training materials and translate the same in regional languages. The collaboration will help IAMAI to expand its ‘Safe Surfing’ program across India. As part of the partnership, Facebook safety specialists will work with IAMAI trainers on safety content and participate in these training programs. Key presentations and events will be live streamed via https://www.facebook.com/FacebookIndia.
I believe this is great initiative by the IAMAI and Facebook. Such programs which are much needed at an initial stage of a youth should be encouraged and carried on a larger scale.