The Guardian (Nigeria)
Google partners body to sensitise teens on safe Internet
AS part of efforts to drive awareness of online security among secondary school students across Nigeria, Teens Can Code has embarked on a new initiative tagged ‘ Virtually Safe’ to help young users stay safe online.
Working with partners and volunteers to reach over 300 schools through a National School Tour, the campaign will reach all the six geo- political zones across the country through activities like Online Safety Art Challenge, Online Safety Debate Competition, Online Safety School Clubs, and the launch of a dedicated website to provide access to online safety resources, engagement, and games for young people.
Teens Can Code’s new campaign comes after the organisation was selected by Google’s philanthropic arm, Google. org among 26 organisations across Africa to receive grants from its $ 1,000,000 Africa Online Safety Fund.
Administered by Impact Amplifier and the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, the Google campaign was designed to tackle challenges related to hate, extremism, disinformation, and child safety, both online and offline in Africa
Over the years, the Internet has become an integral part of humanity with over 3.9 billion users. Its potential has been exploited as a tool for communication, entertainment and information gathering. Experts have identified young people as the epicenter of driving Internet usage
and tech culture.