Meta is looking to do its part to advance digital literacy, with the latest episode of its new online safety series ‘Pledge Planets’ now available in Messenger Kids.
As you can see in this video, ‘Pledge Planets’ aims to provide lessons on how to stay safe while engaging online, while maintaining respect for others and how they view your comments and actions. in shared spaces.
As Meta explains:
“Digital citizenship is an important skill children need to learn when they start spending time online. [Pledge Planets] aims to reinforce the key elements of the Messenger Kids Pledge – Be Kind, Be Respectful, Be Safe, Have Fun – to help shape what could be their first online messaging experience.
The program consists of four “planets” that children can explore to learn lessons about online interaction. There are games on every planet, as well as video clips, that provide a fun and interactive way to learn key lessons about online safety and engagement.
Meta developed the program in partnership with its team of Youth Advisors, a group of experts in the fields of online safety, child development and children’s media. This has helped Meta formulate a more effective, inclusive and comprehensive program that will provide much-needed guidance to young people as they begin their online interactions.
Which is an important step. Nowadays, web connectivity is an essential part of everyday life for most, and as internet addiction continues to rise, so do the risks for young people who may unwittingly find themselves in dangerous situations. and harmful, simply by misguided research. or a wrong comment.
The past two years have only exacerbated the risks in this regard, with young people being forced to spend more and more time online, and with social division increasing through online discourse and engagement, it is important that children know, at a young age, how systems work and what they can do to better manage their interactions.
In reality, digital literacy should now be on the curriculum of all schools, which is increasingly the case, but generally boils down to a school-by-school and region-by-region approach, as opposed to a more holistic strategy of teaching digital engagement. principles.
Some regions, for example, have had great success in teaching the fundamentals of online news and the warning signs of misinformation, to enhance broader discourse.
Examples like these show the way forward for digital literacy, and the more we can teach these elements to young people, the better off we will be in the long run.
The complete “Pledge Planets” series from Messenger Kids is now available in the app.