Abuja - New measures have been launched to
promote safe internet use among Nigerian users.
Google has announced the initiatives to coincide with
just-concluded Safer Internet Day.
In partnership with the National Film and Videos Censors
Board and Home Vida, the company organised an interactive programme for
Themed “Play Your Part for a Better Internet”, it has
been held at Queens College in Lagos.
It included a training session and movie screening for
250 students and the presentation of a paper on Safety Online.
The internet giant also used the occasion to announce the
launch of web rangers programme in Nigeria.
The programme, which currently runs in ten countries,
provides workshops which aims to train young people to become "Online
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These would help raise awareness of online safety with
their peers and in their schools.
Google will be working with the Nigerian Film and Video
Censors Board (NFVCB) and HomeVida, to train over 10 000 Nigerian students via
the Web Rangers.
Google also announced the launch of its security checkup
tool which gives account owners a quick way to control their security settings,
manage recovery phone numbers and control what devices are connected to their
Google’s Policy and Government Relations Manager, Titi Akinsanmi, stressed on the safety
of users online.
“We all use the internet, so it is important for
government, the organised private sector and civil societies to collaborate to
develop and promote strong policies aimed at improving the safety of
users," Akinsanmi said.
The official said as the online safety landscape
continued to evolve, key stakeholders needed to employ smarter tools that would
ensure the online environment remained safe for everyone.
Safe Internet Day is marked yearly on February
- CAJ News