Ghana Safer Internet Day Committee - Child Online Africa - COA

About our SID activities

Since 2015, we have partnered government, civil society, and corporate institutions annually to create awareness on the responsible and safe use of the internet and also create dialogic policy spaces for discussions on internet safety among stakeholders under the Insafe/INHOPE SID concept. Our activities are mainly community durbars, route matches, media discussions, school sessions, and so on.

What we are doing to support the SID 2020 slogan of "Together for a better internet"…

We are developing and designing resources with a focus on online safety in Ghana and Africa.

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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