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Facebook serves ‘Internet 101’ classes for children

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Heads up, teachers: Facebook just launched a new Digital Literacy Library with lesson plans designed to teach young people how to behave responsibly online.

The 18 lessons, which are aimed at children and teens, ages 11 to 18 cover topics such as privacy, what is appropriate and not appropriate to share online, with regard to others online, best practices for strong passwords, the risks of public Wi-Fi, security threats such as phishing and spam, the use of social media to raise awareness for a cause of interest, and more.

The lessons, which are free to download, come from the Youth and Media team at the Berkman Small Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. They are only available in English at this point, but Facebook plans to launch them in 45 other languages in the near future.

Each lesson indicates how long it will take, and provides written instructions educators can follow.

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“We know that teachers already managing busy classrooms and learning environments,” Facebook’s Global Head of Safety Antigone Davis and Global Security Programs Manager, Karuna Nain, wrote in a Thursday blog post. “The lessons are designed to make it as easy as possible to integrate in the formal and informal learning environments. These lessons work well together or on their own, in the after-school programs or at home, and can be modified to include educators’ own experiences and ideas.”

Facebook this week introduced some new tools that are designed to help you curb your addiction to the platforms. One of these utilities, you can see how much time you spend on the Instagram and Facebook apps every day, on average.

This article originally appeared on PCMag.com.

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