Today Feb 5, Nigeria is joining the rest of the world to celebrate Safe Internet Day 2019. The theme for this year’s event is Together for a safer internet.
According to SafeInternetDay.org, the day is a call to action for all stakeholders to join together and play their part in creating a better internet for everyone, and especially for younger users.
In Africa, tech giant, Facebook which clocked 15 years a day earlier announced it is celebrating Safe Internet Day 2019 by partnering with 20 NGOs and government agencies. The campaign aims to raise awareness about Internet safety and security concerns such as cyber bullying and cyber-crime. in Africa.
In Nigeria, Paradigm Initiative Nigeria is running workshops on safer internet use as part of its LIFE program in Kano, Lagos and Aba. Facebook’s Safe Online trainers will run two-hour workshops in both PIN’s LIFE Centers and at schools in Kano and Lagos for this initiative.
“Working with Facebook on online safety aligns with our focus on driving digital inclusion and educating the youth about their digital rights,” Tope Ogundipe, Director of Programs at Paradigm Initiative Nigeria “This programme promises to equip the children who participate with skills and knowledge that will enable them to make confident use of the Internet in their day to day lives.”
“We know that safety is a shared conversation, which is why we are excited to be working with so many stakeholders around the continent to make the Internet a better place,” says Sherry Dzinoreva, Public Policy Programs Lead at Facebook Africa. “Together, with Safer Internet Day as a platform, we can address emerging online concerns, so that people and especially children and the youth, can get the most from their Internet experience.”