ONLINE SAFETY: WHY YOU SHOULD CARE!

Walking in from work the other day i met my six year old son hurriedly trying to close a tab he had opened on the computer while doing his homework and when i moved closer i realised he had been watching a film that wasn’t age appropriate for him . In that second different thoughts ran through my mind of the benefits/dangers the internet might have on him and i made a conscious decision to teach my kid on how to be safe, smart and make responsible choices online

We live in an age where almost everyone is connected to the internet in one way or the other. We are either connected through laptops, Computers, mobile phones or tablets. The potential for the internet to be beneficial and valuable is huge but as long as you use the internet you could be at risk of abuse and illegal activity.

Even though some users are genuine it is very easy to hide your identity online so it is possible to come in contact with people you would normally avoid. Some examples of cyber abuse and crimes include Sexting, Cyber Bullying, Cyber stalking, Identity theft, fraud just to mention a few.

Even though we often overlook or ignore these crimes there are real life unfortunate situations that have happened as a result of these issues. There is therefore need for internet users (especially young people) to be educated about online safety so that we can create a safe online environment for users.

Today’s generation of Children are very cyber savvy, they can do amazing things with the computer and most of them get to use the internet for their take home assignments. But they might not be able to handle the overwhelming situations and online problems that arise from making uninformed decisions.

To remedy this, Parents, Teachers and guardians are tasked with the responsibility of understanding how kids/young people use technology and social networks.They also need to learn about technology literacy, online reputation and social awareness as a guide to protecting kids against bullying, reputation, identity theft, and cyber crimes.

One example from the numerous internet crimes that has happened in Nigeria is the case of 24 year old Cynthia, the only Daughter of General Frank Osokogu (rtd). Cynthia was reported to have been chatting with two undergraduates on facebook for two months and in this short time disclosed personal information to them and also agreed to travel to Lagos to meet with them. The young lady ended up getting drugged and killed. Click link below to see story

http://www.vanguardngr.com/2012/08/how-ex-generals-daughter-cynthia-was-killed-by-facebook-friends/

As Webrangers around the world fight against cyber bullying and verbal abuse let’s all join in the cause and be digitally responsible. Our security on the internet is a collective responsibility even though we might never be able to eradicate the danger of interacting online we can reduce it so let’s exercise safety online and encourage our kids to do the same.

This article was first published on Medium and was written by Mbanan Mku

Mbanan Mku is a Safer Internet Fellow with the Nigeria Integrity Film Awards (Homevida) and is passionate about creating an online safe haven for kids.

WE HAVE BEEN NOMINATED!!

 

Hey Guys,

Yay!! We have been nominated! Whoop! Whoop!!

Safer Internet Nigeria was borne out of the urgency to educate and empower young people to be safe and responsible while using the internet.

Owing to the fact that everybody is connected to the internet in one way or the other ,Safer Internet Nigeria has been committed to protecting kids against cyber crimes especially cyberbullying hence the #stopbullying campaign that was launched over 3 months ago.

As a result of the work we have done in creating a safer internet space, We have been nominated by the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA) in the 2017 .ng Awards for the “Making the Internet a Safer place” category.

Voting is already on and it ends on the 3rd of April 2017.

Kindly click here to VOTE for saferinternet.org.ng in the “Making the internet a safer place category”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Safer Internet Day 2017 is here! !! !!!

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Hey guys,

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.

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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.

Oloibiri and Nowhere to run win big at the 7th edition of Homevida Awards + photos & scoop

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On Saturday the 10th of December 2016, the 7th edition of Nigeria Integrity Film Awards took place at Oriental Hotel Victoria Island Lagos. It was a night of fun and excitement as the audience were treated to electrifying performances by Waje and Timi Dakolo.

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The event kicked off with a cocktail at 6pm presenting networking opportunities among the guests present. Some of the guests include the Director General, National Film and Videos Censors Board (NFVCB), Patricia Bala and United States Government Representative, Peter Hansen. Nollywood came out in their numbers with the presence of actors and producers such as Olu Jacobs, Hilda Dokubo, Uru Eke, Rogers Ofime and  Blossom Chukwujekwu.

Hosted by the beautiful Dorcas Shola Fapson and the eloquent Ofi Ejembi, the theme of this year’s awards focused on Transparency, Accountability and Good Governance endowed by USAID SACE and Promoting the Digital Economy supported by Google.

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One of the highlights of the event was the premiere of the 2016 Homevida Short films ‘In Apathy’ endowed by USAID SACE and ‘Beautiful Mistake’ supported by Google. The script writers were not left out of the pizzazz as they were presented with their awards. The short script winners are Oladipo Awelenje (writer of ‘In Apathy’) for the Transparency, Accountability and Good Governance endowed by USAID SACE;  Jennifer Agunloye (writer of ‘Beautiful Mistake’) and Ajayi Olusegun (writer of ‘Due Netligence’) for the “Promoting the Digital Economy” category supported by Google.

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In the Feature Film and Documentary Category, ‘Oloibiri’ by Rogers Ofime, won the Best feature Film in Transparency, Accountability and Good Governance while ‘Nowhere to Run’ sponsored by the Shehu Musa Yaradua Foundation, won the  prize for the Best Documentary in Transparency, Accountability and Good Governance. Both prizes were endowed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Oloibiri was shortlisted for the prize alongside Uru Eke’s debut production ‘Remember Me’ while ‘Nowhere to Run’ was shortlisted alongside Kayode Ogundamisi’s ‘Coping with Boko Haram’.

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Thanks to everyone who participated in Homevida 2016, to be a part of Homevida 2017, please send a mail to info@homevida.org

Congrats to all winners and nominees! See more images from the event.

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It’s that time of the year! The 2016 Homevida Awards !!!

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The Nigerian Integrity Film Awards (HomeVida) is here again!

This is the 7th edition of the HomeVida Awards and it promises to be an exciting array of events as they reward filmmakers for making movies that uphold transparency and integrity.

The event features the Hon. Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed as the chief host and will witness the presence of special guests from private and government agencies. In addition to rewarding film makers and script writers, they will also be premiering their 2016 short films.

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The hosts for the 2016 HomeVida Awards are the beautiful Nollywood Actress and TV Presenter, Dorcas Shola Fapson alongside the eloquent Nigeria Info FM Abuja OAP, Ofi Ejembi. There will also be guest performances from top Nigerian entertainers.

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Date:               Saturday, December 10, 2016

Time:              Red Carpet/Cocktail – 6 PM | Main Show – 7 pm

Venue:            The ballroom, Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island Lagos

Contact:         For enquiries /sponsorship / participation / bookings, call 08034300646 or 08036267188 | Email – info@homevida.org

Follow them on social media: twitter @HomeVida | Facebook – www.facebook.com/homevida | Instagram – @homevidaawards | Visit www.homevida.org and www.homevidablog.com for more info.

Official partners for the 2016 HomeVida Awards are the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the national film and Videos Censors Board (NFVCB), PAU School of Media and Communications, Ebony Life TV, ERP, Olori Super Gal and African Movie Channel (AMC) with support from Google.