The Cyber Security Authority (CSA), Ministry of Communications and Digitalisation, Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Ministry of Education, UNICEF, Plan International and other child online protection partner agencies and stakeholders will today observe the Africa Safer Internet Day 2022 (ASID).
The Day is celebrated to raise awareness on emerging child online issues and current concerns and the need for all stakeholders, including parents, guardians, teachers, civil society, and religious bodies to get interested in the experiences of children and young people online.
The celebration is on the theme, “Positioning and Partnering for Child Online Protection.”
A statement signed by Dr Albert Antwi-Boasiako, Acting Director-General, CSA, said the 2022 edition of the ASID would promote the safe and positive use of online technology by children and young people in Africa under the global focus, “Together for A Better Internet.”
It said for every awareness created, a child could be protected, secured, and saved from online criminal abuses like sextortion, cyberbullying, cyber grooming, sexting, possession and distribution of child pornography.
The statement, therefore, encouraged stakeholders to get involved in raising awareness on online safety issues to promote safer and positive use of digital technology, especially among children and young people.
Safer Internet Day is celebrated in February each year in over 170 countries worldwide to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people, and to inspire a national conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically, and creatively.