Zindagi Trust and TikTok team up for digital security workshops in government schools
Popular video-sharing app TikTok has partnered with Zindagi Trust to launch a series of workshops across their network of public schools as part of their efforts to educate students, teachers and parents about digital safety.
A statement released by the partners says around 3,000 students, teachers and parents will learn how to use the internet safely, with a focus on social media.
A separate workshop for teachers and parents will also be held, aimed at educating them on how they can keep young people safe on the internet, he added.
According to the statement, young internet users in grades 7-9 will learn about internet usage practices 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 and misinformation. There will be detailed modules on harmful behavior 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 statement said the workshops also aim to educate teachers and parents on how to use safety features on platforms like TikTok to keep their children safe on social media. They will 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 in the Middle East, Turkey, Africa and Pakistan (METAP) at TikTok, said: “These workshops are another step in the right direction to ensure that our TikTok community in Pakistan remains digitally safe. 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 was time to educate the younger generation about digital safety so that they can deal with security and privacy issues on the internet.