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Fake news detection :KITE completes training for 19.72 lakh students

- October 9, 2022

Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 9(IANS)

Kerala Minister for General Education, V. Sivankutty said that the Kerala Infrastructure and Technology for Education (KITE) has completed the Fake News prevention and awareness creation training for 19.72 lakh students of Std 5 to 10, during the 3rd phase of the Satyameva Jayathe’ Digital Media Literacy programme.”.

In a statement on Sunday, the minister said that the programme which was inaugurated by Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister on 10 February 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic, focused on awareness creation through KITE VICTERS educational channel.in its first phase.

Subsequently, the 2nd phase of the program started from June 2021 by class-wise training for students of Std 8 to 12.

The 3rd phase of the training programme commenced from August 2022 using a special training module and has trained 19.72 students of Std 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 4 sections covering the Use of Internet in Day-to-day life, Social Media requires 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 influence of digital media in information transactions, creating an 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.

The training also included 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.

K.Anvar Sadath, CEO, KITE said “ In addition to the training programme for students, for the general public KITE VICTERS channel will telecast all these classes in four episodes starting from this Monday ( October 10 ) to Thursday at 7 PM”.