Fake News prevention: KITE offers Digital Media Literacy training for 19.72 lakh students

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Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Infrastructure and Technology for Education (KITE) has completed the Fake News prevention and awareness creation training for 19.72 lakh students of class 5 to 10, during the third phase of the Satyameva Jayathe’ Digital Media Literacy programme. The programme which was inaugurated by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on February 10, 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic, focused on awareness creation through KITE VICTERS educational channel in its first phase. Subsequently, the second phase of the programme started from June 2021 by class-wise training for students from class 8 to 12.

The third phase of the training programme commenced from August 2022 using a special training module and has trained 19.72 students from class 5 to 12, under the leadership of KITE. The training was provided to 9.48 lakh Upper Primary students and 10.24 lakh High Schools students under 5920 trainers. DGHSS Tanur in Malappuram district had the maximum number of students trained (3691) in the Govt school category while St Marys HSS Pattom in Thiruvananthapuram district topped in Aided school category (7467 students).

Training session under KITE

Each student was provided with 2.5 hours duration training in 4 sections covering ‘Use of Internet in Day-to-day life’, ‘Social Media requires us’, ‘Rights and Wrongs in Social Media’ and ‘How to prevent spread of Fake News'. The training also focused on areas such as understanding influence of digital media in information transaction, creating urge towards knowing non-factual interference in digital media and how to react to them in a constructive manner, acquiring technical knowledge in understanding the truth behind transacted messages, developing skills to identify and react to glitches in information transaction through media literacy. It also includes specific areas such the meaning and definition of ‘mis-information’ and ‘dis-Information’ and their impact in society, non-factual and misinterpreting information shared through digital media, social impact of facts presented in an emotional language, authenticity of information etc.

“In addition to the training programme for students, KITE VICTERS channel will telecast all these classes in four episodes starting from October 10 to 13 at 7 PM “, said K Anvar Sadath, CEO, KITE.

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