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Facebook and charities to offer digital safety ambassadors to secondary schools

Facebook and charities to offer digital safety ambassadors to secondary schools”

"This new partnership will enable us to grow the reach and impact of the programme - offering exciting new opportunities for schools involved in the programme and empowering many more young people to become Digital Leaders and inspire their peers to use technology safely and positively".

Schools who want to train students as digital safety ambassadors can register through Childnet or The Diana Award.

Facebook said on Monday it would fund young "digital safety ambassadors" in every secondary school in Britain to help students tackle cyber bullying and other online dangers.

Facebook's head of global safety policy Antigone Davis said the social network had already developed safety features on the platform, such as online reporting tools, and it was now taking that commitment offline.

More than two-thirds of teenagers would like schools to provide more support on online safety issues such as cyber-bullying, new research suggests. Since then we have trained thousands of peer educators in schools across the United Kingdom using our innovative digital platform and we are constantly inspired by the unbelievable activities they deliver to make a really positive difference in their school communities.

It includes an audio maze that "evokes feelings of being bullied".

"We've heard from kids that actually three out of four of them would prefer to talk to somebody their own age about these issues, so giving young people the skills they need to be that kind of a mentor is really important to us", she said.

Its latest initiative to tackle online bullying is based around new findings from youth research organization ResearchBods that show 72 percent of teenagers who experience cyber-bullying are likely to confide in a peer, compared to 60 percent who would turn to a parent and only 34 percent who would tell a teacher.

Culture secretary Karen Bradley said the new programme formed part of government plans to make the United Kingdom the "safest place in the world" to be online.

To launch the partnership Facebook, Childnet International and The Diana Award have worked with young people to create "House of Us", which is a physical representation of online bullying.

This means they would then be able to share what they've learnt with other students in their school, about the best ways to stay safe online and deal with cyberbullying.

"It aims to bring United Kingdom school children together to explore online safety issues in the real world in a safe, supportive environment".

"The internet has many wonderful opportunities for our young people but what is unacceptable offline needs to be unacceptable on a computer screen. We know that with our support, these young Anti-Bullying Ambassadors have the power to close the empathy gap and encourage positive behaviour choices online and offline".



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