Press Release

Telenor’s ‘Safe Internet’ talks to educate students about fake news

11 October, 2018 - Yangon

  • Having significantly exceeded its original target of 75,000 students, the program now aims to educate around 120,000 students and youths in many government schools nationwide under Basic Education Department (BED) within 2018
  • Since its inception in 2016, the program has educated over 210,000 government school students how to stay safe online
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In its ‘Safe Internet’ talk program, Telenor Myanmar will introduce a new segment about fake news from October 2018. The program was launched in 2016 and run in a series, with the objective to educate youths across the country on how to stay safe online and utilize the internet responsibly

Due to high demand from schools, the programme has educated over 100,000 students this year although only 75,000 were originally planned. As a result, Telenor Myanmar will raise its targets to educate 120,000 students about ‘Safe Internet’ talks which will be conducted in all government schools under Basic Education Department (BED) during this academic year. Since its inception, ‘Safe Internet’ program has educated over 210,0000 government school students in Myanmar. It intends to demonstrate the potential of internet for social and economic purposes, educate users; particularly vulnerable groups on how to use the internet in a safe and responsible way by using interactive animated video, and provide parents with the tools to discuss the internet with their children.

Each ‘Safe Internet’ talk lasts around 90 minutes, discussing on the benefits of using Internet for educational purpose, how to stay safe online and handle potential risks such as hate speech, password theft, cyber bullying, grooming and sexting. In addition to these topics, starting from October 2018, ‘Safe Internet’ talks will feature a new section about fake news, with the intention to educate the students, youths and parents about how to spot the fake news, how to verify information online, its negative consequences and how to tackle or prevent them.

“Fake news become one of the biggest threats for internet users nowadays. It can lead to several deceptions and frauds which can create even serious damage to the lives of users with little digital literacy. To tackle or prevent those kinds of consequences we added a new section in our ‘Safe Internet’ talks which we are conducting in many government schools across the country. We believe our ‘Safe Internet’ talks will contribute in building strong foundations for Digital Myanmar by enhancing the digital skills of Myanmar youths and ensuring their practice of using internet safely and responsibly,” said Min Thu, Head of Business Sustainability at Telenor Myanmar.

As part of its corporate responsibility activities, Telenor Myanmar has accelerated several programs on building foundations towards Digital Myanmar. Its Lighthouse digital literacy centres have trained over 130,000 students to date in core smartphone and computer skills. The recent Digital Summer School programme has also successfully equipped over 25,000 students nationwide with digital literacy and safe internet training.

How to verify fake news

The discussion on fake news includes some guidelines and tips on how to verify fake news. We provide simple and easy ways to spot fake news which are six checks: headlines, account, date, spelling, satire, photos and three searches: evidence, official page, the reputable news agency.

Six Checks
1. Headlines Read beyond the headline to get the full content of the story.
2. Account or Page Check who is the author of the article. Are they credible? Are they real?
3. Date Reposting old news stories doesn't mean that they're relevant to the current event.
4. Spelling Check the spelling.
5. Satire Can the article be a joke or satire?
6. Photos Check the photo: when and where it was taken.
Three Searches
1. Evidence Determine if the information given supports the story.
2. Official Page Search if the information is given also published on organisations’ official pages.
3. Reputable news agencies Search if the information is also published by a reputable news agency.

TELENOR MYANMAR MEDIA CONTACTS

Shwe Yinn Mar Oo(Ms.)
Corporate Communications, Telenor Myanmar Ltd
E-mail: shweyinn.maroo@telenor.com.mm

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