On the 13th November 2019, Faith Associates in partnership with Facebook hold the first of its kind ‘Keeping Young Muslims Safe Online’ Conference at Facebook HQ London.
During the conference we officially launched the Faith Associates and Facebook Digital Safety Ambassador programme. We selected the first 15 ambassadors from 10 Muslim schools from across the country.
The role of the digital safety ambassador is to take the learning from the conference and carry it on in helping assist their friends become model digital citizens and be a point of contact for advice, support and guidance. In the modern age of social media there comes a lot of challenges, through this programme we have created that peer to peer support and encouraged pupils to support one another.
We are currently developing an online portal that ambassadors can log into and find new content from social media giants, tech companies and other experts that will help assist them in supporting their fellow pupils with any issues they may have online.
The importance of Digital Safety Ambassadors
New research from specialist youth research agency, ResearchBods, reveals the critical role that peer-to-peer support and learning plays in helping young people to tackle online safety issues, like cyber-bullying:
- 13-17 year-olds are more likely to confide in a peer (72%) than a parent (60%) or teacher (34%) should they experience online bullying
- More than half (55%) would deal with the problem alone rather than turn to an adult figure
- Fellow pupils are more likely to have dealt with similar experiences (40%)
- They don’t want to worry their parents or guardians (38%)
- 60% of 13-17 year-olds say they have supported a friend who was being bullied, online or offline
Becoming a Digital Safety Ambassador will ensure you are engaged with new up to date safety content and resources from the big social media companies and allow you to be a leader in your school bringing about change and making the digital world a safer place for yourself and your peers.