Ghana Safer Internet Day Committee - Child Online Africa - COA

Last updated: 2024-01-17

About our SID activities

We aim to cultivate a digital environment in Africa that empowers individuals, particularly children and young people, by safeguarding their rights and promoting a safer online experience.

Our objectives:

  1. Provide essential digital skills and literacy, especially to children and young people, enabling confident online navigation.
  2. Advocate for and uphold the fundamental rights of internet users, focusing on children and vulnerable populations. Ensure a digital space that respects privacy, dignity, and freedom of expression.
  3. Promote responsible and safe online behaviour through awareness campaigns. Emphasise ethical conduct, cyber hygiene, and protection against cyber threats.
  4. Collaborate with stakeholders to enrich and strengthen online safety policies. Ensure alignment with African values and offer comprehensive protection for users.

Brief history of Safer Internet Day:

Each year on Safer Internet Day, millions of people join forces "Together for a better internet" to inspire positive change online, raise awareness of online safety issues, and participate in activities across the globe. Originating as an initiative of the EU SafeBorders project in 2004 and adopted by the Insafe network in 2005, Safer Internet Day has evolved into a landmark event celebrated in approximately 200 countries and territories worldwide.

We invite your esteemed organization to join hands with us in this impactful initiative as we work collectively towards creating a safer and more secure digital future for Africa.

What we are doing to create a better internet...

The Africa Safer Internet Day 2024 theme emphasises the dual focus of empowering minds and protecting rights. In an era where digital technologies are shaping how we live, work, and communicate, equipping individuals with the knowledge and skills to navigate the online world safely is crucial. Simultaneously, safeguarding users' fundamental rights and dignity is a collective responsibility that requires collaboration and concerted efforts from governments, private sector players, other organizations, and citizens alike.

The celebration highlights include:

  • Exhibitions of self-paced courses designed by ITU and related tools.
  • Opportunity to interact with regulators, policymakers, lawmakers, regional bodies, civil society and industry --players within Africa.
  • Training workshops at different levels.
  • High-level policymakers meeting.
  • Dialogue between young people and key stakeholders.
  • Focused Group meetings to provide detailed attention and solutions to key topics of interest.
  • Capacity-building opportunities at the country level.
  • Knowledge sharing and best practice exchanges.

About us

Child Online Africa is one of the two Safer Internet Centres in Africa, collaboratively extends an invitation to you to participate in the Africa Safer Internet Day 2024 (ASID), a distinguished extension of the globally recognised Safer Internet Forum and the Safer Internet C+ (SIC+) program.
Celebrated annually in February, ASID is dedicated to advancing online safety initiatives and best practices for organisations operating beyond European borders. Building upon the momentum of the Safer Internet Forum's 2022 focus on Capacity Building and the 2023 theme of "Empowering the African Child on Safer Internet," ASID is committed to fostering a safe internet ecosystem on the African continent.
 
The foundation of ASID lies in World Telecommunication Conference Resolution 67, aligning its objectives with raising awareness, enhancing digital skills for youth, engaging the media ecosystem, and providing resources for parents, teachers, and caregivers. The European counterpart of ASID, celebrating its 20th anniversary, emphasised the multistakeholder responsibility for online safety and advocated for legislation supporting child online safety in Africa.
 
Addressing challenges such as gender parity in internet access, ASID aims to swiftly create a safe internet ecosystem in Africa and enrich policies aligned with African values. In the ever-evolving digital age, creating a safe online environment is paramount for the growth and development of Africa's digital society.
 
The theme for ASID 2024 is "Empowering Minds, Protecting Rights: Creating a Safer Digital Africa," reflecting the continent's unwavering commitment to ensuring a secure digital future. Child Online Africa, in collaboration with esteemed partners such as the ITU Regional Office in Africa, the African Telecommunications Union, and the Nigerian Communications Commission, plays a pivotal role in driving this initiative forward, working towards a safer and more secure digital space for all Africans.
 

Additional links/resources

Website
https://asid.childonlineafrica.org/safer-internet-day-2023/

Email address
info@childonlineafrica.org

Contact name
Joseph Nunoo

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