To honour Safer Internet Day, Google has launched its child online safety programme, Be Internet Awesome, in South Africa, the Netherlands and Nigeria today.
Be Internet Awesome aims to help children explore the internet safety.
“To make the most of the Internet, kids need to be prepared to make smart decisions. Be Internet Awesome teaches kids the fundamentals of digital citizenship and safety so they can explore the online world with confidence,” they said on their website.
Google has worked hand-in-hand with the South African Film and Publications Board (FPB) as a key policy partner in implementing the programme locally.
“The FPB has a responsibility to protect children from exposure to harmful content, thus the organisation needs to play a leading role in creating awareness around the dangers of the internet, as much as it is incumbent on us to also encourage the use of the digital space as an empowering tool,” said Abongile Mashele, Acting Chief Executive Office, FPB.
Alongside this, Google has also set up a $1 million pan-African fund to support innovative ideas around privacy, trust and safety for families online across sub-Saharan Africa.
“Google is committed to a safe internet for children. We are also passionate about the empowerment of organisations who share this commitment. The fund will be administered by a third-party partner on behalf of Google.org, and we will be sharing details on application criteria and deadlines soon,” said Fortune Mgwili-Sibanda, head of public policy and government relations at Google Africa.