Facebook Promises to Provide Safer Internet for Africans, But How?
Facebook is a popular free social networking website that allows registered users to create profiles, upload photos and video, send messages and keep in touch with friends, family and colleagues. Recently, the platform has partnered with over 20 non-governmental organisations in Africa with aims to raise awareness on emerging online issues and explore ways to make the internet safer for all.
Facebook which has over 170 million Africans using its platform has decided to launch a series of initiatives including a specially created family-friendly animation which directs viewers to the Parent Portal in Facebook’s Safety Centre. Here, parents and caregivers can access a variety of information and tips on how to discuss issues of online safety with teens. This was developed in partnership with safety experts around the world.
The mobile friendly Facebook Safety Centre is available in over 50 languages. There are step-by-step instructional videos; local resources for parents, teachers and caregivers; Bullying Prevention Hub with advice for teens, parents and educators looking for support and help for issues related to bullying; practical advice on Online Wellbeing; and tools on how to control user experience.
Commenting on Facebook’s work as part of Safer Internet Day, Public Policy Manager Facebook, Africa, Akua Gyekye, said:
Every day, millions of people across Africa come to Facebook to talk about their special moments and to stay connected with the people they care about. We recognize the important role we play in creating a better and safer online community for all, with this year’s growing partnerships across the continent further demonstrating our ongoing commitment to supporting organisations that raise awareness on these important issues.
Proud to announce that on Safer Internet Day, Facebook have placed the 'Keeping Muslims Safe Online' on the official Facebook Safety Centre: https://t.co/plpo0ORQJy
— Faith Associates (@FaithAssociates) February 6, 2018
This year in Africa, Facebook would be working with several partners such as Rudi International, Internet Society – Uganda Chapter, Watoto Watch in Kenya, Malawi Internet Governance Forum, Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre in Nigeria, South Africa’s Film and Publication Board, JOXAfrica Association in Senegal, Tech Women Zimbabwe, as well as the J Initiative in Ghana to address the needs and ongoing education of various communities.
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