Facebook to invest £1 million in Uk’s schools to help pupils become “digital safety ambassadors”

(qlmbusinessnews.com via telegraph.co.uk – – Mon, 16 Oct, 2017) London, Uk – –

Facebook says tens of thousands of children in secondary schools could be taught to counter cyber bullying by the social network.

The company is investing £1 million in helping pupils in the UK's 4,500 secondary schools to become “digital safety ambassadors” – young people trained on how to counter online abuse.

Facebook lets anybody aged 13 or over to have a Facebook or Instagram account, but up to one in four children have experienced online bullying, according to the UK Council for Child Internet Safety estimates.

According to research released on Monday, more than half would prefer to deal with bullying online instead of turning to an adult, but are more likely to seek the advice of friends.

Facebook says it is providing online help on how to combat cyber bullying, and funding youth charities to carry out face-to-face training in classrooms. It has partnered with the Diana Award, an anti-bullying charity set up in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, and Childnet International.

The social network's head of safety Antigone Davis said: “Over the last decade, we have developed a wealth of innovative resources on Facebook that enable young people to look after themselves and their peers, from our updated Safety Centre, to our online reporting tools. By offering trained digital safety ambassadors to every UK secondary school we are now taking this commitment offline too.”

 The company says it wants trained pupils in every school, ultimately meaning tens of thousands will be taught.

Last week, the Government promised to make Britain the “safest place in the world to be online” with a new internet safety strategythat would include an industry-wide levy to fund anti-bullying measures.

New data protection laws will also require social media sites like Facebook to delete posts made about a user before they turned 18 if they demand it.

Culture Secretary Karen Bradley said on Monday: “The internet has many amazing opportunities for our young people but what is unacceptable offline needs to be unacceptable on a computer screen.

“Our Internet Safety Strategy aims to make the UK the safest place in the world to be online and working together with companies like Facebook is how we can all contribute to a positive online environment.”