Facebook Partners With CBSE Board To Push Instagram Usage Among Teenagers!
The educational sector is one of the sectors that have been severely impacted by the lockdown imposed throughout the country. Even now, schools, colleges, and other educational institutions have suspended the operations as social distancing is one of the primary requisites of curbing the spread of coronavirus.
But a new development among this is Facebook partnering with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to provide online certificate programmes to their students.
It is clear that Facebook is looking to create a strong footprint across various sectors in India. After the social media network recently tied up with Reliance’s JioMart, an online E-Commerce platform, it is now aiming for the educational sector.
CBSE And Facebook Team Up To Provide Online Certificate Programmes
Popular social media platform Facebook has teamed up with the Central Board of Secondary Education in order to offer online certificate programmes to students. This project is being led by Facebook for education which is a global initiative by the social media platform that works on developing the necessary programmes, tools, and products to build truly diverse learning communities.
Under this partnership, Facebook will be offering an online programme for augmented reality.
Both the above programmes will be open for students and teachers alike. The registrations for the same have already opened on the Facebook page of the CBSE board.
The digital wellbeing workshop will be led by the training partner Centre for Social Research (CSR), wherein, students will be taught to understand their digital identity and how to be responsible digital users.
The brochure for the programme states, “We will explore the essentials of how to communicate responsibly online, how to identify and respond to threats and harassment, and the tools with which they can empower themselves to stay safe and secure online.”
Both the programmes will accommodate up to 300 participants. The applications will open on July 6 and end on July 20, whereas, the first batch will start on August 10 and will end by September 7.
There will also be an augmented reality programme that will be conducted in two batches. an online certificate of completion will be given by CBSE and Facebook to participants who successfully complete the AR programme by School of Innovation from Facebook.
Is Facebook Pushing Teenagers To Use Instagram?
Additionally, there will also be a workshop conducted on Instagram about the usage time of Instagram and how students and teachers can operate the platform safely and securely. We wonder if this is a marketing tactic by Facebook to promote the usage of Instagram by teenagers!
The Instagram course will teach students about the impact of time spent online on emotional well being. It will also teach students about dealing with bullying, hate speech, and misinformation.