Homevida is excited to officially launch the balloon challenge as we join other web rangers around the world in the fight against cyber bullying and verbal abuse by POPPING A BALLOON!
The Pop The Hate Balloon Challenge is a challenge supported by Google to counter hate speech. It is a global event that is presently taking place in 14 countries using the hashtag #StopBullying and #SIDNG2017 in Nigeria.
The aim of the challenge is to counter hate speech and promote advocacy to standing up to cyberbullies online.
As part of the Safer Internet Program the Web Rangers of Queens College Yaba Lagos organised a mini campaign during their Inter-house sports competition which took place on the 22nd of February 2017.
The event which was organised by the Web Rangers Ambassador Fatima Yunusa was aimed at spreading the word among their peers about internet safety. There was a Web Rangers stand where Students, Parents and Teachers came to and gained knowledge about staying safe on the internet and how to freely express themselves on the internet without hurting other users.
The students were encouraged to visits the web rangers website to learn more about safety guidelines and the parents were also given tips on how to help their wards deal with cyber bullying.
During the callisthenics display, customised helium balloons were released in the air that had the #stopbullying message with the intention of spreading the message outside the walls of the school.
It was a fun and educative event as the students also took part in the balloon challenge and at the end of the day Miss Yunusa addressed over 4000 students on the benefits and dangers of the internet and also encouraged them to join the Web Rangers club.
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In the Safer Internet spirit, today we bring you a very important topic which is often overlooked. The internet particularly social media has numerous benefits however there are real life dangers that are either unknown, being ignored or minimised.
There is a critical need to educate young People and set appropriate boundaries for them to stay safe while using the internet. With young people and technology, the dangerous things that come to mind are sexting, online predators and cyber bullying.
All these issues are incredibly damaging and more common than people think and should be talked about.
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Homevida in partnership with the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) with support from Google is proud to present the Safer Internet Day (SID) 2017.
SID is a globally held event celebrated across the world on the second day of the second week of the second month of each year to promote safer and more responsible use of the internet especially among children and young people.
Birthed in Europe, Safer Internet Day has grown rapidly spreading to over hundred countries across the world involving thousands of people promoting the safe use of the internet.
This will be the 3rd consecutive year Homevida will be celebrating the Safer Internet Day. Last year the event held in Lagos at Queen’s College and over 1000 students were trained. The Students were given sound advice from dignitaries and keynote speakers on how to be safe online.
The theme for this year is: BE THE CHANGE: UNITE FOR A BETTER INTERNET and the event is set to hold on Tuesday, 7th of February, 2017. This year’s event is targeted at training over 200 students from 10 different schools to ensure that the advocacy for a Safer Internet is widespread.
Owing to the increasing relevance of the internet to everyone especially the children and youth who use the internet for various activities including school work, online gaming and social networking it is indeed important that they know that a safe environment is created for internet users.
The day promises to be entertaining and packed full with various fun activities including Balloon Challenge, Quiz, Debates and lots more.