|Aim – Raising awareness of emerging online issues and helping to explore ways to make the Internet safer for all|
|JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, February 6, 2018/ — 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:
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.”
This year in Africa, Facebook is working with partners such as: Rudi International (https://goo.gl/D1bhHS), Internet Society – Uganda Chapter (https://goo.gl/tZBHk3), Watoto Watch in Kenya (https://goo.gl/jEoKq9), Malawi Internet Governance Forum (https://goo.gl/PypkTY), Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre in Nigeria (https://goo.gl/7BCNc7), South Africa’s Film and Publication Board (https://goo.gl/hAK29w), JOXAfrica Association in Senegal (https://goo.gl/iAao3b), Tech Women Zimbabwe (https://goo.gl/KAdw1e), as well as the J Initiative (https://goo.gl/jQfQwJ) in Ghana to address the needs and ongoing education of various communities.
Watoto Watch Network: Kenya
We’re working with Facebook to share messages that encourage positivity and respect on social media,” says Lillian Kariuki, Executive Director at Watoto Watch Network.
“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.”
JI Initiative: Ghana
We will continue to work hard in educating people to become good digital citizens” says Awo Aidam Amenyah, Executive Director at JI Initiative.
Rudi International: Democratic Republic of Congo
Film and Publication Board: South Africa
“Addressing challenges such as inappropriate content and cyberbullying demands partnership and cooperation between everyone involved in creating and consuming online content.”