Facebook Teams Up With Internet And Mobile Association Of India On Student Internet Safety

By David Cohen 

Facebook teamed up with the Internet and Mobile Association of India to launch Internet safety education programs for students in India between the ages of 13 and 17.

The social network and IAMAI said educators and child safety non-governmental organizations will also receive training as part of the initiative, added that the program will initially be rolled out to some 18,000 students in about 30 schools in Delhi, Mumbai, and Hyderabad.

There will be a national conference in Delhi later this year to address the issue of Internet safety for students, Facebook and IAMIA announced, and the program will spread to other cities in India in 2014.

Facebook India Director of Public Policy Ankhi Das said:

Safety is an ongoing conversation between parents and kids, teachers and students, companies and the people who use the Internet. We encourage parents to have conversations about safety and technology early and often, in the same way that they talk to their kids about being safe at school, in the car, on public transportation, or playing sport.

IAMIA President Subho Ray added:

IAMAI has been running the “Safe Surfing” campaign in India for the past four years, covering 625,000 students across India. We are delighted that Facebook has come forward to support this critical initiative and enrich the campaign with its global learnings.

Readers: Would you like to see similar programs in other countries?