On the 8th of June 2017, Safer Internet/Webrangers Program supported by Google Nigeria for the first time, partnered with Goge Africa Foundation (GAF) to train over 3500 students from over 68 schools across Lagos State. The event which was themed “Youth Against Violence” was held at the National Art Theatre Lagos with various other partners of GAF in attendance.
The 9th edition of career guidance and counseling seminar 2017 was organised by GAF to ensure that youths are empowered, educated and guided towards making best choices in their everyday lifestyle.
The event kicked off with a brief welcome remark and introduction from Ambassador Isaac-Moses, president GAF and Ambassador Nneka Isaac Moses, Vice president GAF respectively.
The event was fun packed with several activities such as; interactive hubs, dance and drama. There were also presentations from the organisers where the students were advised on ways the youths can assist in peaceful resolution of conflict and saying “No” to Violence now and in the future.
Webrangers program is geared at grooming teenagers to become online super heroes by creatively coming up with online positive messaging campaign that will drive the safer internet message across the country to ensure that their peers are safe online while enjoying all the benefits the internet offers.
Ms Fatima Yunusa, the first ever Nigerian Webranger Ambassador from Queen’s college Yaba Lagos narrated her success story as a webranger. A short clip documentary of her story was shown to the students. Fatima addressed the students with an encouraging speech on internet safety and how to become a Webranger. According to her it was full of fun and adventurous.
Mrs. Titi Akinsanmi, the Public Policy & Government Relations Google addressed the students on the importance of staying safe online, she shared online safety tips with them and reminded them that whatever goes on the internet stays on the internet as the internet never forgets.
According to Titi, the internet offers numerous number of good opportunities, however the intent of a person changes the way they act or react while using the internet.
Therefore, this means that the internet is not bad but rather people use it to cause a lot of danger. However it’s paramount to remember that the internet never forgets. Stay safe online and enjoy all the goodies it offers.
Many students showed great interest and applied to become webrangers. Anyone between the ages of 13 and 17 years old can also be a webranger. The following are easy steps on how to become a webranger
The event was a success and the aim of the event was achieved as we continue to empower and build young Ambassadors that will safeguard the internet.
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