Liberia Safer Internet Day Committee - Youth Internet Governance Forum

Last updated: 2022-01-27

About our SID activities

Initial plans include a media launch of SID-Liberia 2022 in partnership with the West Africa ICT Action Network and partners including Press Union of Liberia, the Ministry of Post and Telecommunication, and partner telecommunication companies in Liberia. This one-day event will be held in Monrovia with representatives from civil society, technical and academia, as well as media. A forum around Safer Internet in Liberia be held to present research findings on internet development efforts in Liberia and how internet accessibility is a challenge to education during this COVID-19 period.
 
There will also be visits to schools to interact with children on the subject of internet and how it will contribute to a better understanding of risks on the internet. Consideration will also be given to how ICT integration in the educational curriculum in Liberians will help to enhance the safety of children online, and a one-day meeting with teachers from selected schools in Monrovia will take place.
 

What we are doing to support the SID 2022 slogan of "Together for a better internet"…

Safer Internet Day (SID) 2022 will be celebrated with over 10 schools and one university in Liberia. Through YIGF-Liberia and partners, we will engage in different activities. Ten schools will be selected from the Greater Monrovia Region. The remaining four schools will have #TeamSID LIBERIA visiting their campuses to engage them on issues of internet safety. Educational resources will be given out at all events to ensure that the participants can fully reflect on the issues discussed.
 
In all, a total of 2,000 young Liberians across the country are expected to benefit from the event and will be impacted significantly. With support from the Ministry of Post and Telecommunication–Liberia, West Africa ICT Action Network –WAICTANET, PROTEL Inc., other mobile telecommunication companies operating in Liberia, and Children's Parliament Speaker, will speak on current issues confronting children while online in Liberia during the event.
 
Safer Internet Day Initiative-Liberia was established in 2016, as a part of the Youth IGF-Liberia movement top initiative. Youth IGF Liberia is part of the TAC (Together Against Cybercrime); SID–Liberia is seen as a flagship event and a priority to educate, inform and promote safety online in Liberia through this initiative for, especially, children and young people. It is a platform that gives the opportunity to deepen the awareness of online safety in Liberia through this annual event and a joy to join Insafe and others around the world to mark Safer Internet Day 2022. We intend to create awareness of the need to have an internet that is safe and secure for all, and to ensure that children and youth especially are protected when online. In total, we yearly target ten schools with the internet Club (iC-Liberia) dialogue on safety tips online for students, parents and the importance of having a secure internet.

About us

Liberia Child Online Safety Dialogue Forum (LCOSD) series for 2022 is based on the premise that every child deserves the benefits of modern connected life, and that all users of the internet have the right to freely and safely enjoy the connectivity and solutions it offers. The Liberia Child Online Safety Dialogue 2022 will build on the gains of 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 to deepen the discussion on local content to support policymakers on child online safety policy in Liberia.
 
We expect children across Liberia, and students as well as young people, to enjoy these rights in a responsible manner. To ensure responsible use of digital communications, we are guided in our efforts by working with our lead parent organisation TAC (Together Against Cybersecurity, a global organisation), and law enforcement authorities dedicated to managing this complex matter.
 
Peterking Quaye is the Founder & Executive Director of West Africa ICT Action Network and Senior Ambassador - Youth IGF Movement–Liberia. We believe that we can contribute to bringing a positive outcome for children who are more vulnerable and depend on adults to safeguard their rights, in terms of their rights, development, and well-being, while minimising any adverse risks and impacts that this right can pose for children.
 
The internet has created a wonderful new world for learning, working and playing. Team members of West Africa ICT Action Network, Youth IGF-Liberia, along with young ambassadors of the local chapters offices, partners TECHSOL Inc, West Africa ICT Action Network-Liberia and EM Group working with government and volunteers will be available to oversee activities and to help educate the populations of our targeted schools on the measures to take to be safe online. And, furthermore, we will provide social media safety training for students and vulnerable internet users in selected communities across the counties. With our live and online events, we'll promote discussion about the positive and negative sides of the internet and further reflection.
 
During Safer Internet Day (SID) 2022 in Liberia, we'll meet people with interesting ideas on safer internet issues, while on our website and social media channels, we'll provide a platform for organisations to share their events. We'll also take part in international campaign activities.

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