Recently, Meta in partnership with the Film and Publication Board and the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies hosted the Africa Youth Summit, which brought together safety advocates, mental health experts, policymakers, youth, educators, and parents.
Focused on youth safety and wellbeing, the event also showcased innovative online safety tools and solutions developed by Meta.
The event featured various speakers and workshops focused on digital literacy and responsible online behaviour, as well as the importance of mental health and well-being in the digital age – addressing the unique challenges facing young people in today’s digital landscape.
“Our commitment to ensuring the education, empowerment, and safety of young teens and youth online is unwavering”, commented Sylvia Musalagani, Meta’s Safety Policy Manager for Africa, the Middle East and Turkey. “Through Meta tools like the Family Center and the Meta Youth & Safety Animated Trailer, we’re aiming to equip the next generation with the knowledge and skills they need to navigate the digital world responsibly, and together, we can all create a safer online space where young minds can thrive and flourish,” Musalagani added.
As part of Meta’s Youth and Safety Week activities, included the announcement of the following:
- Meta Education Hub: a digital platform that provides a comprehensive range of resources and educational materials for young people, addressing critical topics such as online safety, mental health, and cyberbullying. Available soon, Meta’s Education Hub will be accessible through the South African Meta Family Center.
- Youth Safety Comic Book: A first for Meta in South Africa, this youth and safety focused first comic book is being developed in partnership with Ethnikids, an online bookstore specialising in children’s books. Available in the coming months, the comic book will be available in the 11 official South African languages.