Facebook has announced a new dedicated youth online safety programme in partnership with Digify Africa.

The aim is to train 1 000 South Africans between the ages of 13 to 18 across high schools and youth groups nationwide.

The programme will inform students on how they can stay safe online, provide practical tips and guides, whilst creating a number of youth ambassadors to provide peer-to-peer support.

The programme is titled Ilizwe Lam -Xhosa for ‘My World’.

Emilar Gandhi,the Public Policy Manager for the SADC region at Facebook, implores parents to play a role in their children’s safety online.

“You need to be involved and also teach your kids about online safety,” says Gandhi

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