Facebook Is Welcoming Youths Through the Doors of Its Digital Literacy Library

The social network teamed up with Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society

The lessons were developed for educators of youths age 11 through 18 Facebook

Facebook Thursday unveiled a collection of resources aimed at helping young people get the most out of digital technology and stay safe while doing it.

The social network teamed up with the Youth and Media team at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University on the Digital Literacy Library, which makes ready-to-use lessons from Berkman Klein available globally and free-of-charge under a Creative Commons license.

The lessons draw on more than 10 years of academic research by the Youth and Media team, and they were developed for educators of youths age 11 through 18.

Facebook global head of safety Antigone Davis and global safety programs manager Karuna Nain said in a Newsroom post that the lessons “reflect the voices of young people from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds, ethnicities, geographies and educational levels. The lessons address thematic areas such as privacy and reputation, identity exploration, security, safety and wellbeing and more.”

A total of 18 lessons are currently available in English, with 45 additional languages coming soon, and they can be downloaded free-of-charge via Facebook’s Safety Center and Berkman Klein’s Digital Literacy Resource Platform.

Davis and Nain said the social network is working with nonprofits globally to adapt the existing lessons and create new ones for use worldwide.

The 18 lessons that are part of the Digital Literacy Library at launch are:


  • Introduction to Privacy
  • Reputation
  • Social Media and Sharing
  • Privacy and You

Identity Exploration:

  • Online Presence
  • Different Perspectives
  • What Do You Want to Be?

Positive Behavior:

  • Healthy Relationships Online
  • Respect and Boundaries


  • Passwords
  • Public Wi-Fi
  • Cybersecurity, Phishing and Spam

Community Engagement:

  • Advocacy and Making Change
  • Building Your Activist Network
  • Raising Awareness Through Media
  • Hashtags
  • Pop Imagination
  • Time for Action!

david.cohen@adweek.com David Cohen is editor of Adweek's Social Pro Daily.