Digital parenting is currently a hot topic. Parents find themselves in a bind as this pandemic has forced kids to be indoors more than what they’re used to. Meanwhile, kids’ overall screen time has also increased, not only because of the limited things they can do indoors, but also because many of them are starting their online learning.
In response to this dilemma, Facebook, in partnership with Child Rights Network and Stairway Foundation, launched the GIF Learning Library—a series of GIF-animated stories on online safety.
The GIF Learning Library is part of Facebook’s collaboration with child safety and creative partners to promote child online safety and positive parenting—both underscored by the changes brought by the pandemic, and kids spending more time online.
The storybooks in the GIF Learning Library combine cute and colorful animation with short, easy-to-read text that can help parents talk to their children about staying safe in the time of physical distancing.
The two GIF books released are available in Filipino (Sarado ang Mahiwagang Kaharian and Pwede Ba I-click Ito?) and English (Stuck in the Castle and Can I Click This?). They tell tales of why young children must stay home for the meantime to stay safe and how to stay safe online.
In the coming weeks, Facebook and its partners will be coming out with more stories about online safety and activities for parents and kids to bond over such as GIF coloring books and quizzes.