Google SA today observed the 10th anniversary of Safer Internet Day at Dainfern College north of Johannesburg. Safer Internet Day has been in existence from 2004 throughout the world; however this was the first time that South Africa took part in this growing global event.
Google SA, through its Online Child Safety Campaign and partners, sought to educate young internet users on various topics namely - Ranking your rights and responsibilities; Getting to know the online laws; the Responsible user’s guide to social media, and ‘Where do you stand regarding responsible internet usage’. The workshops featured an online quiz, as well as a debate contest.
Google South Africa Policy Manager, Fortune Sibanda highlighted the importance of Google raising awareness within the internet. “We as are aware that when some people get online , there are some unintended consequences of being online. Some people might not know how to protect themselves. And as Google we are very big about talking about online safety,” says Sibanda.
This initiative by the internet powerhouse received support not only from parents at the school, but also government with Deputy Minister of Communications Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams singing praises.
“Children are our primary consideration, especially as their exploration of the wide-open world of cyberspace increases. We want to see South African children develop into the innovative, creative and critical thinkers of the future. By collaborating with Google on this noble initiative, we are sure that our intervention will go a long way in the creation of a community of ‘techno-savvy’ citizens who have the knowledge and power to uphold good values and morals online,” said Ndabeni-Abrahams.
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