Facebook rolls out new digital literacy program in Singapore

Facebook rolls out new digital literacy program in Singapore

Facebook has unveiled 'We Think Digital', an online portal in an attempt to bring more digital literacy training to the Asia-Pacific region.

The portal aims to educate over a million people across eight different countries with content that will be shown in six different languages.

The content within the portal has been developed in collaboration with experts across the Asia-Pacific region, to include information on the following:

  • What is the Internet? An explanation of the Internet and social media, how they work and the importance of digital citizenship.
  • Your Digital Footprint: All you need to know about safety and security online and managing your digital footprint.
  • Be a Critical Thinker: Helping you to discern different types of information and develop critical thinking and empathy when communicating online.
  • You as a Digital Citizen: Insights into digital discourse and the differences between interacting online versus offline, your rights and responsibilities, as well as concepts like ‘netiquette’ or online etiquette, being a creator, copyright and plagiarism.

"Asia Pacific has a fast-growing internet population, with more than 2.21 billion people now online and 203 million new people joining in the past year, according to We Are Social’s 2019 Digital Trends Report," Facebook director of community affairs Clair Deevy said in a blog post.

"We Think Digital has been designed for new and existing internet users of all ages to develop the skills they need to safely enjoy digital technology, including critical thinking and empathy."

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Singapore is the first country within the region to gain access to the program  The People’s Association’s group director of Engagement Group Chia Tze Yee also commented on working together with Facebook in the portal’s rollout for users.

“Improving digital literacy and encouraging greater levels of digital citizenship benefits everyone in an increasingly connected community," Yee said.

“We are happy to partner with Facebook to launch the We Think Digital initiative and are proud to be able to use our own 'Seniors for Smart Nation' programmes and Silver Infocomm Wellness Ambassadors to help deliver these valuable skills to the public."

Staff Writer