Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Infrastructure and Technology for Education (KITE) has completed fake news prevention and awareness training for 19.72 lakh students in grades 5 to 10, in the third phase of the education program on fake news. digital media of Satyameva Jayathe. The program which was inaugurated by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on February 10, 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic, focused on raising awareness through the educational channel KITE VICTERS in its first phase. Subsequently, the second phase of the program started from June 2021 with classroom training for students in class 8 to 12.
The third phase of the training program started from August 2022 using a special training module and trained 19.72 students from class 5 to 12, under the guidance of KITE. Training was provided to 9.48 lakh senior primary students and 10.24 lakh secondary school students under 5,920 trainers. DGHSS Tanur in Malappuram district had the maximum number of pupils trained (3691) in the government school category while St Marys HSS Pattom in Thiruvananthapuram district was top in the assisted school category (7467 pupils).
Each student was trained for 2.5 hours in 4 sections covering “Use of the Internet in Daily Life”, “Social Media Obliges Us”, “Rights and Wrongs in Social Media” and “How to prevent the spread of fake news”. ‘. The training also focused on areas such as understanding the influence of digital media in information transactions, creating a craving for knowledge of non-factual interference in digital media and how to deal with it. reacting constructively, acquiring technical knowledge to understand the truth behind the messages exchanged, developing skills to identify and react to glitches in the transaction of information through media literacy. It also includes specific areas such as the meaning and definition of “misinformation” and “disinformation” and their impact on society, non-factual and misinterpreted information shared via digital media, the social impact of facts presented in emotional language, authenticity of information etc.
“In addition to the training program for the students, the KITE VICTERS channel will broadcast all these courses in four episodes from October 10 to 13 at 7 p.m.,” said K Anvar Sadath, CEO of KITE.