Thursday, 8 February 2018

Facebook introduces Arabic language resources for Safer Internet Day 2018

Available on the Facebook Safety Centre, new resources focus on young user privacy and suicide prevention

Facebook Parent Portal features series of content to raise awareness amongst parents on keeping children safe online

Links to resources:

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Help a Friend in Need:

Dubai, UAE; 6 February 2018: Facebook in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) celebrated Safer Internet Day with the launch of a series of Arabic language resources, on its online Safety Centre, encouraging young users to think before they share. Focused on one’s own privacy as well as of friends’, the guide provides a series of tips and advice on sharing of content. Another set of resources, ‘Help a Friend in Need’, focuses on suicide prevention, along with tips and guidance on recognizing warning signs of irregular behavior from friends. Country specific pages with these resources will be launched in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Morocco, and Jordan.

Nashwa Aly, Head of Public Policy, for the Middle East & North Africa at Facebook said: “The internet is an enabler of productivity and innovation amongst young users. However, there are certain risks these users face. That is why we remain committed to the increased safety and security of our community, especially teenage users. Together with experts across the world, we hope our resources help young people and parents to become part of a safer and more supportive community on Facebook.”

Facebook also announced the launch of a family-friendly animation to help raise awareness of its Parent Portal, part of the Facebook Safety Centre. Launched in 2016 and available in over 55 languages, the Parent Portal provides parents and caregivers to access basic safety information and tips, as well as resources developed with online parenting safety experts from around the world.

With exposure to the online word now commonplace for children, parents can use the portal to both understand Facebook as a platform and engage in successful conversations with their children about staying safe on Facebook. The Parent Portal also includes a Bullying Prevention Hub with guidelines for teens, parents and educators; along with wellbeing resources to support suicide prevention and resolve situations that are against Facebook’s Community Standards.

In addition to the Parent Portal, the Safety Center also features user-friendly videos and tutorials to keep accounts secure, protect information and encourage responsible sharing on the platform. Several helpful guides are also available for users, created in partnership with a Facebook Safety Advisory Board comprised of leading internet safety organizations from around the world.