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Kerala: KITE imparted ‘Fake News training’ to 19.72 lakh students

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Infrastructure and Technology for Education (KITE) completed the ‘Fake News prevention and awareness creation’ training for 19.72 lakh students of standard 5 to 10, during the third phase of the Satyameva Jayathe’ Digital Media Literacy program, V. Sivankutty, Minister for General Education, said on Sunday.
The program which was inaugurated by Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister on February 10, 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic, focused on awareness creation through KITE VICTERS educational channel in its first phase, K Anvar Sadath, CEO, KITE, said.
Subsequently, the 2nd phase of the program started from June 2021 by class-wise training for students of standard 8 to 12.
The 3rd phase of the training program commenced in August 2022 using a special training module and has trained 19.72 lakh students of Standard 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 (Total- 19.72 lakh students) using 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).
Each student was provided with 2.5 hours duration training in four 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 among others.
“In addition to the training program for students, for general public KITE VICTERS channel will telecast all these classes in four episodes starting from this October 10 at 7 pm, “ K Anvar Sadath, CEO, KITE, said. (UNI)

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