On Tuesday, 9 February 2021, Cybersafe Foundation will join the rest of the world to celebrate the 18th edition of Safer Internet Day, themed “Together for a better internet”. The day calls upon all stakeholders to come together to make the internet a safer and better place for all, especially children and young people. To commemorate Safer Internet Day 2021, Cybersafe Foundation in partnership with Like A Palm Tree Foundation, Proud African Roots, Facebook, etc. will be hosting three virtual sessions to drive awareness on salient online safety issues and risks children face given their increased exposure to technology and remediation/protective measures. Children aged 5-12years old will have their online session 4-5pm, Teenagers will meet 6-7pm and parents will enjoy an insightful session 7:30-9pm on Tuesday 9th February 2021.
Commenting on the event, Cybersafe Foundation’s Founder, Confidence Staveley said “Given the increased exposure of children to technology, and underage use of social media becoming common place, it has become rather pertinent that we tackle issues faced by children due to this exposure. In a nutshell, some of the risks children face online include Exposure to adult content, Grooming, cyberbullying, infection of computing systems by harmful code, sexual exploitation, exposure to extremists’ views and radicalization. Very often, these children are unable to communicate these negative online experiences to a trusted adult or parent.”
“The fact that we don’t speak about these events doesn’t mean they don’t happen; we hear stories every day. We are very excited to be spreading online safety best practices in a very novel way; using storytelling,” she said.
The event will deliver key online safety messages to children and Parents in an educative and entertaining way. Featuring story time with Grandma Wura, songs, exciting gifts, games and insightful talks from Adaora Ikenze, Head Anglophone West Africa | Africa Public Policy, Facebook and Chukwuemeka Monyei, Co-Founder, Like A Palm Tree Foundation during the parents’ session all geared towards driving home online safety practices. To learn more and signup, visit bit.ly/CSF-SID2021