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”

 

 

 

 

 

 

POP-THE-HATE BALLOON CHALLENGE!

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Hello People,

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.

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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.

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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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STAY SAFE ONLINE!!

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Hey Guys

Thank God Its Friday!!

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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How we celebrated the 2017 Safer Internet Day ! !! !!!


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On the 7th of February 2017, the Nigeria Integrity Film Awards (Homevida) & National Film & Video Censors Board (NFVCB) with support from Google celebrated the 2017 Safer Internet Day (SID). The event held at the VirginRose Resort in Victoria Island Lagos, and about 150 students from various school across Lagos were in attendance.

Policy and Government Relations Manager, Google, Mrs Titi Akinsanmi-Bolarinwa spoke to the students about the valuable use of the internet and tips on how to be safe online. She also spoke about the web rangers project which was launched last year in Nigeria and encouraged other students to join in the experience. The webrangers project is a program aimed to train young people to become online safety ambassadors.

The day was packed full with various fun activities which includes quiz, debates, drama, making a vlog and the Pop the Hate Balloon Challenge. At the end of the fun activities, they were quizzed on what they learnt and prizes were presented to the participants.

See more pictures from the event after the cut:

 

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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.

WATCH HOMEVIDA SHORT FILM ‘DUE NETLIGENCE

Hey guys,

Thank God its Friday!

For your viewing pleasure over the weekend we bring you another Homevida Short Film Due Netligence. A Film written by Ajayi Olusegun Elijah is a story about how mistakes made can be built upon to produce a potential solution.

Due Netligence which stars Nollywood’s Femi Jacobs and Lucy Ameh won the Award for the 2016 Homevida Short Script Competition in the Promoting the Growth of the Digital Economy Category which was supported by Google.

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