Facebook has joined forces with Africa’s public sector agencies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to help make the internet a safer and better place for people across the continent, especially children and the youth.
The announcement was made yesterday in Johannesburg (South Africa) on Safer Internet Day, which was celebrated under the theme ‘Be the change: unite for a better Internet”.
“Nothing is more important to us than the safety of the people who use Facebook. Every day people come to Facebook to connect with people and issues they care about, and they should be able to do so in a safe, secure environment,” Facebook Africa public policy manager Akua Gyekye said in a statement.
Over 100 countries are said to be participating in an effort to start conversations and help people think about the small steps they can take to stay safe online.
The initiative is coordinated by the joint Insafe/INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission, and national Safer Internet Centres across Europe and beyond.
In Africa, Facebook is working with the following partners to ensure the safety and education of their communities and address the needs of vulnerable people:
Watoto Watch in Kenya
International Center for Leadership Development
Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre in Nigeria
South Africa’s Film and Publication Board
JOXAfrica Association in Senegal
Tech Women Zimbabwe
Ghana Internet Safety Foundation
Facebook is providing financial and marketing support for them to use to raise awareness about online safety. An event was also due to be hosted in Johannesburg and Nairobi to promote the importance of online safety to students, teachers, parents and policymakers.
Facebook said that it has built products that empower the community to stay in control, support each other during crises and stay safe online. Every Facebook product has privacy and security built into it to protect your information, the popular social media network added.