Google immediately introduced quite a lot of initiatives throughout Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa, bolstering its continued efforts to maintain youngsters, younger folks, and households secure on-line.
Aligning with the theme of this 12 months’s international Safer Web Day, “Collectively for a greater Web”, Google has teamed up with a number of organisations throughout the continent to spice up schooling efforts and develop programmes round on-line security.
“With an estimated 346 million web customers that got here on-line for the primary time within the final 12 months, and 376 million new social media customers, there isn’t a higher time for us to assist folks keep secure on-line,” says Juliet Ehimuan, Nation Director, Google Nigeria.
“We’re working with nonprofits and social enterprises to advance their work by means of Google.org’s Africa On-line Security Fund, whereas additionally working with academic establishments and governments throughout sub-Saharan Africa with a view to have a larger influence.”
Administered as a part of the Africa On-line Security Fund, Google.org gave a grant to Impact Amplifier and the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, to run an open name throughout the continent to seek out probably the most modern and impactful nonprofit organisations working on this house. 26 social influence organisations throughout 9 African international locations have been chosen to obtain grants of as much as $100,000 every. The 5 chosen in Nigeria embrace Epower, LagosMums, Velma Basis, Hive Artistic Guild and Teenagers Can Code. This funding might be used to spice up tasks that work to fight on-line vulnerabilities, disinformation and extremism geared toward youngsters, the youth, households, colleges and small and medium-sized companies (SMBs).
Google has additionally collaborated with Nigerian creator Nomthi Odukoya to create the kids’s on-line security ebook ‘ be Protected On-line’. Bodily copies of the ebook might be distributed to 30,000 learners in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa this month, which can be out there on-line on the Read Along app.
“With extra youngsters, younger folks and households more and more utilizing the web to be taught and work within the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, on-line security is a precedence for everybody,” continues Juliet Ehimuan.
“We stay up for the continued empowerment of lecturers, dad and mom and guardians with instruments to maintain youngsters secure on-line. Continued collaboration with authorities our bodies like Kenya’s Communications Authority, Nigeria’s Public and Non-public Improvement Centre, and South Africa’s Division of Social Improvement, amongst others, will make sure that we have now the required backing to make the web higher for all customers, particularly younger youngsters and households throughout the continent.”
To be taught extra about our sources to assist maintain you and your loved ones safer, please go to the Google Safety Center.