NGO launches first Nigerian internet safety campaign for children

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Child Online Safety NG, a non-government organisation committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of children in cyberspace has concluded plans towards the launch of its Child Online Risk Awareness Campaign in Nigeria.
According to the initiative’s convener, Olamide Thompson-Odeneye, the campaign which started in Kenya and already progressing in various countries in Africa including Gambia and Rwanda also looks forward into involving Zimbabwe and Ghana in due course.
“The whole idea is to have this as a unified campaign running in all the countries of Africa and Nigeria with about the highest population of young children patronizing cyber services earnestly needs this campaign for our chilren’s safety”.
“This is the reason that we volunteered as a group of Professional Educators and Concerned Parents to aggressively push for cyber security awareness for children as well as equip children/parents with the needed skills for remaining safe online”, she said.
“With cyber becoming an increasingly important part of our day to day lives, it has become absolutely necessary to get our children to make the best use of the internet while also ensuring they remain safe and secure online”, she added.
Thompson-Odeneye said further that the campaign targets children because as they learn to navigate their world, they become enthusiastic with little understanding of the consequences of their activities online and also lack the ability to discern moments they could be at risk.
The event is to hold at the Barack Obama American Corner located at the Ovie Brume Foundation, Victoria Island, Lagos tomorrow.
Notable resource persons expected at the occasion include Opeyemi Fanimo, Director of Studies at OREN Schools; Yaniv Ovitz, CTO CyberSOC Africa; Adedoyin Adedeji, C.O.O, International Center for Leadership Development Nigeria and Oreoluwa Leshi, Founder/Executive Director, Women’s Technology Empowerment Center(WTEC) and a representative of ESET Nigeria.
About 100 children drawn from various public and private schools would also be in attendance.

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