As part of the effort of Youth Center Division, Department of Youth and Sports, Ministry of Education to productively engage young people in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic, a 6-day online training on the responsible use of social media and self-care has been initiated through the regional Youth Centers (YCs) and Youth Friendly Integrated Service Centers (YFISCs).
The training which began on 23rd May 2020 is being delivered during the weekends and is scheduled to be complete by the end of this month. Since most of the youth are currently exposed to the internet due to e-learning and other online engagements, it is felt important to educate them on online safety and responsible use of social media.
The training is designed not only to help young people understand the risks associated with excessive exposure to social media such as internet addiction, cyber bullying, online scams and violent and unhealthy digital contents, but it is also to engage them meaningfully at home. Besides, the training also covers a session on self-care and personal safety to equip young people with appropriate knowledge and skills that can help them stay safe from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as well as from other risks such as sexual exploitation, substance abuse, violence and risky sexual behaviors.
The sessions are being facilitated by the Managers of four YCs (Changjiji, Paro, Khuruthang and Trashigang) and two YFISCs (Gelephu and Samdrup Jongkhar). About 500 youth from all over Bhutan are attending the training which is being conducted every Saturday. Each participant is being provided the internet data package of Nu.99 for each session of the training. This entire initiative is supported by UNICEF.