IAMAI and Facebook have partnered to launch Internet Safety Education programs for Students between the age group of 13 – 17. 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.
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, and conclude with a national conference in Delhi addressing online child safety issues later this year. The program will be extended to other Indian cities through 2014.
Commenting on this, 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. ”
Facebook will develop the content and training materials and translate the same in regional languages. 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 the page Facebook India
In order to bring the best safety resources, Facebook has created a Safety Advisory Board that advises the company on safety issues. The members of that board are leading Internet safety organisations such as Childnet international, ConnectSafely, The Family Online Safety Institute, The National Network to End Domestic Violence and WiredSafety.
This initiative combines the above aspects with IAMAI’s experience of strong onground program implementation carried on in the school pemises called Safe Surfing. This programme will train children, teachers and parents on how to reap the maximum benefits from internet while not compromising on their safety and security.