Celebrating Safer Internet Day (SID) (https://goo.gl/EGR7dd) under the connected theme of “Create, connect and share respect: A better internet starts with you”, Facebook (www.Facebook.com) today announced a number of partnerships across Africa with over 20 non-governmental organisations and government agencies – with the aim of raising awareness of emerging online issues and helping to explore ways to make the Internet safer for all.
Launching a series of initiatives, including a specially created family-friendly animation (https://goo.gl/eE39YL) which directs viewers to the Parent Portal (https://goo.gl/Tn8zKf) in the Facebook Safety Centre (https://goo.gl/QR8orP), parents and caregivers can access a variety of information and tips on how to discuss issues of online safety with teens, developed in partnership with safety experts from around the world.
Some of these resources include:
- The Facebook Safety Centre (mobile friendly and available in over 50 languages, including step-by-step instructional videos) – www.Facebook.com/fbsafety/?fref=ts
- The Parent Portal – www.Facebook.com/safety/parents
- Local resources for parents, teachers and caregivers – www.Facebook.com/safety/resources
- Bullying Prevention Hub with advice for teens, parents and educators looking for support and help for issues related to bullying – www.Facebook.com/safety/bullying
- Practical advice in Online Wellbeing – www.Facebook.com/safety/wellbeing
- Tools on how to control user experience – www.Facebook.com/safety/tools
Commenting on Facebook’s work as part of Safer Internet Day, Akua Gyekye, Public Policy Manager Facebook, Africa said: “Every day, millions of people across Africa come to Facebook to talk about their special moments and to stay connected with the people they care about. We recognize the important role we play in creating a better and safer online community for all, with this year’s growing partnerships across the continent further demonstrating our ongoing commitment to supporting organisations that raise awareness on these important issues.”
Lillian Kariuki, Executive Director at Watoto Watch Network, said, “On Safer Internet Day we will also be sharing Facebook’s newly translated (Swahili) online safety content directly to the children and ICT partners in Kenya.
“In connection with the theme ‘create, connect and share respect’, our focus this year is on cyberbullying. We’re working with Facebook to share messages that encourage positivity and respect on social media.”
Awo Aidam Amenyah, Executive Director at JI Initiative, said their main priority at JI Initiative is to ensure digital citizens especially children and young people are responsible in their use of the space.
“Resources and materials provided by Facebook as a partner help to empower our audience in Ghana on how to make the Internet better. We will continue to work hard in educating people to become good digital citizens,” he noted.