2018.05.08 Corporate Announcement
LINE’s successful educational program for teaching digital literacy expands from Japan to Thailand
BANGKOK – May 8, 2018 – LINE Corporation and Thailand’s Electronic Transactions Development Agency (ETDA) today announced that they have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to conduct educational programs on internet safety in Thailand.
Since April 2014, LINE has been developing digital literacy programs designed to promote internet safety. These materials have been widely utilized at educational institutes around Japan, with 2,500 workshops and lectures held last year alone. LINE Thailand reported on those safety programs to ETDA, which found they could also be relevant for Thailand, so discussions began between LINE and ETDA which led to this agreement.
The original educational materials developed in Japan were translated into Thai and modified for Thai culture. For instance, LINE has developed flash cards on various topics that explore the differences in how people think or feel; instructors can use the cards to encourage students to think about these topics by themselves. The material is in PDF format and can be downloaded from LINE's website for free, along with an instructor's guide for teachers.
Under the MOU, LINE and ETDA will increase their efforts to share information, use Japanese experiences to predict what internet-related social problems may occur in Thailand, and work together to resolve such problems. LINE also hopes to expand this program beyond just targeting children and continue discussions with ETDA to conduct awareness-raising activities for a wide range of people, and possibly carry out research and development into potential internet safety needs in Thailand.
MOU on digital literacy program: Overview
May 8, 2018
To enhance and promote activities related to internet safety in Thailand
Students attending elementary school, middle school, high school, or other schools in Thailand.
All Thai internet users.
- Research and develop educational materials on internet safety
- Carry out workshops, seminars, and other activities that raise awareness regarding digital literacy at schools and other educational institutions
- Share knowledge, interact with individuals, and exchange information related to internet safety
About ETDA (Electronic Transactions Development Agency)
CEO: Surangkana Wayuparb
ETDA was set up under the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (MDES) and according to the proposal of the Office of the Public Sector Development Commission (OPDC) to function as the main agency responsible for developing, promoting and supporting electronic transactions in order to create trust, opportunity and equity for all.
ETDA’s main mission is to conduct studies and research while providing support for the Electronic Transactions Commission and related agencies. Additionally, ETDA provides support to people’s sector organizations which participate in the development, promotion and support of electronic transactions by establishing the necessary infrastructure and advocating for an increase in the volume and value of electronic transactions. It also provides technical services or other practical services related to Thailand’s economic transactions.
About LINE Corporation
Based in Japan, LINE Corporation (NYSE:LN/TSE:3938) is dedicated to the mission of “Closing the Distance,” bringing together information, services and people. The LINE messaging app launched in June 2011 and since then has grown into a diverse, global ecosystem that includes camera apps, AI technology, and more.