TikTok and the Zindagi Trust have launched a series of workshops in the latter’s network of public schools across Pakistan to educate students, teachers and parents about digital safety.
This initiative will see up to 3,000 students, teachers and parents take part in one-day workshops to learn about safe internet use, with a focus on social media. Separate workshops will also be held for teachers and parents to educate them on how to keep young people safe on the internet.
Young internet users in grades 7-9 will be able to learn about best practices for using the internet and how they can become responsible digital citizens and cultivate a safe online community across the country.
The workshops will cover a range of topics including navigating online safety issues such as cyberbullying, catfishing (using fake identities to target specific victims) and fake news.
Detailed modules will cover harmful behaviors prevalent on social media, ways to share appropriate information, identifying fake news and misinformation, and reporting mechanisms for reporting illegal and harmful content on social media.
The content of the workshops has been designed keeping in mind the results of student surveys that were conducted prior to their launch. The surveys identified the main challenges students face on the internet, including issues such as online bullying and harassment.
The workshops also aim to educate teachers and parents on how to use safety features on platforms like TikTok to keep kids safe on social media. For example, they’ll be guided through TikTok’s Family Pairing features, which allow parents to link their TikTok accounts to their teens and set controls including screen time management, restricted mode, and direct messages. .
Farah Tukan, Head of Government Relations and Public Policy for the Middle East, Turkey, Africa and Pakistan at TikTok, said: “These workshops that are part of our ongoing partnership with the Zindagi Trust are another step in the right direction to ensure our TikTok community in Pakistan remains digitally safe.
She said: “We are fully committed to ensuring the safety of Pakistan’s digital community, as we continue to implement policies and processes to proactively identify and prevent any attempts to share inappropriate content on our platform. .
Faiq Ahmed, Senior Director of Marketing and Resource Development at Zindagi Trust, said: “It brings us great joy to be part of this wonderful digital safety campaign in partnership with TikTok to provide informative workshops for students in our schools. adopted public. He said: “It’s time we made sure our younger generation were digital security conscious so they were better equipped to deal with security and privacy challenges on the internet.”