The Guardian (Nigeria)

Google partners body to sensitise teens on safe Internet

- By Tosin Adams

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.

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