Ghana Safer Internet Day Committee - Child Online Africa - COA

Last updated: 2021-01-23

About our SID activities

We will be mobilising across the 16 regions of Ghana with/in partnership other organisations, businesses and government agencies. Activities include:
 
SID-Africa Digital Leaders (ADL) Training Programme
The SID-ADL Training Programme will take place online this year for children and young people between the ages of 12 -14 years of age with focus on Digital Literacy and Citizenship across all region. At the core of this training is to produce Digital Leaders for Africa. This training programme will have sessions on thought leadership and coding, among other areas. Over 100 leaders will take part in the programme in addition to a similar number which is ongoing this year. Register at https://bit.ly/2Feu7St.
 
Safer Internet Day lessons with Sango The Mascot
Child Online Africa working as the Child Online Protection (COP) Implementation Partner of International Telecommunications Union is making available the African COP Guidelines as well as safety messages delivered to children by Sango the mascot. See www.toolkits.childonlineafrica.org.
 
Free education resources
Child Online Africa provides FREE awareness sessions for schools to address a range of online safety and digital literacy topics including cyberbullying, image-sharing, privacy, online wellbeing and more. For Safer Internet Day, we encourage all schools in Ghana and Africa to engage in online safety lessons and activities. Why not introduce internet safety to younger students with our resource: An Introduction to Digital Literacy and Skills. These resources can be accessed for free on https://childonlineafrica.org/resources/ and we also send out hard copies to schools within Ghana.
 
Socially distanced Safer Internet Day ideas
Safer Internet Day 2021 is looking somehow different this time because of COVID-19 rules but this is not to say it would not be interesting; it will be interesting and engaging. Because of this, Child Online Africa has a number of socially distanced Safer Internet Day resources that people can use to help promote Child Online Protection and a better online world. Here are simple and easy conversation starter on 4Rs.
 
Sign Up for Safer Internet Day 2021
Child Online Africa is willing to send safety conversation resources to schools, organisations, churches, mosques, clubs or community groups that that wish to take part in Safer Internet Day. Any activity you planning to mark #SID2021, please share with us via info@childonlineafrica.org and we shall send you booklets for your participants. Support #SID2021 by encouraging EVERYBODY to get involved.
 

What we are doing to support the SID 2021 slogan of "Together for a better internet"…

We are coming "Together for a better internet" by advocating for stakeholders to take up their rightful places and responsibilities while partnering with others to make that happen.

About us

Child Online Africa (COA), formerly called J Initiative (JI), is a child focused research and advocacy based non-governmental organisation that campaigns for/with children and young people and their families to influence policies and change practices that affect child welfare in Ghana and Africa. 
 
We build partnerships with organisations, agencies and individuals to promote child online safety by employing rights and evidence-based advocacy approaches to achieve sustainable outcomes. These activities we believe will endorse child online safety locally, foster Africa Fit for Children and promote the global child safety agenda. Resource mobilisation, open strategic partnerships, capacity building and policy advocacy have played key roles in our work. We are pacesetters in most of our operational communities on issues of Child Online Protection (COP), child wellbeing, digital literacy and safety, and the general well-being of children and young people, with a special focus on young girls.
 
Our work with government, local and international organisations and individual technical experts seeks to end all forms of individual, institutional, and systemic violence against children and young people.
 
We strategically adopt mass education and provision of safety resources, violence prevention and response initiatives, advocacy and research to achieve our goals. Our policy advocacy consultations with the Ministry of Communication in Ghana are promoting Child Online Protection under a bigger Cyber Security framework resulting in mass awareness programmes throughout Ghana. These actions have influenced Ghana's status on the International Telecommunications Union's COP benchmarking.
 
To mark the AU Day of the African Child 2018, Child Online Africa, in collaboration with World Vision, initiated a fifteen day of hashtag to draw attention to the fact that key African Union framework aimed at the protection of children consider protection in the cyberspace. The outcome of the #Onlinesafety4Agenda2040 campaign has influenced an Executive Council Decision (Ex.CL/Dec 1017 (xxxiii)) during the 33rd Ordinary Session of the 28-29 June 2018, Nouakchott, Mauritania. It "Requests the ACERWC to scale up its work in safeguarding and promoting the rights and welfare of children in the cyberspace, namely the protection of children's information, rights to safety, informed choices and digital literacy".
 
We believe both local and international advocacy will effectively manage child internet access threats. The complexity of these challenges demands a participatory policy development to ensure universal action and produce the needed change in practices and actions.

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