Google Unveils Campaign to Keep Internet Users Safe

Search engine giant, Google, has launched campaign across Africa, reinforcing its continued efforts to keep children, young people, and families safe online. In alignment with the theme of this year’s global Safer Internet Day, “Together for a better Internet”, Google said it has teamed up with several organisations across the continent to boost education efforts and develop programmes around online safety.
“With an estimated 346 million internet users that came online for the first time in the last year, and 376 million new social media users, there is no better time for us to help people stay safe online,” said Country Director, Google Nigeria, Juliet Ehimuan.
“We are working with nonprofits and social enterprises to advance their work through Google.org’s Africa Online Safety Fund, while also working with educational institutions and governments across sub-Saharan Africa to have a greater impact.”
Administered as part of the Africa Online Safety Fund, Google.org gave a grant to Impact Amplifier and the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, to run an open call across the continent to find the most innovative and impactful nonprofit organisations operating in this space. 26 social impact organisations across nine African countries have been selected to receive grants of up to $100,000 each. The five selected in Nigeria include Epower, LagosMums, Velma Foundation, Hive Creative Guild and Teens Can Code.
This funding will be used to boost projects that work to combat online vulnerabilities, disinformation, and extremism aimed at children, the youth, families, schools, and small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). “We look forward to the continued empowerment of teachers, parents, and guardians with tools to keep children safe online.
Continued collaboration with government bodies like Kenya’s Communications Authority, Nigeria’s Public and Private Development Centre, and South Africa’s Department of Social Development, among others, will ensure that we have the necessary backing to make the internet better for all users, especially young children and families across the continent,” said Ehimuan.

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