Africa Safer Internet Day Celebration

“It’s Incumbent on All Parents to Educate Themselves on Technology So That They Can Teach Their Children”

This was said by the Minister of Communications, Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful (MP) at the Africa Safer Internet Day Celebration 2020, held at the Emmanuel Presbyterian Church Hall in Dansoman. The event was organised by the National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) in collaboration with UNICEF Ghana.

The event under the theme, ‘Together For A Better Internet’ welcomed representatives from the Ghana Education Service, Community leaders, parents, Guardians, pupils, students and the media.

As part of National Cyber Security Centre’s awareness campaign programme in promoting ‘A Safer Digital Ghana’, the celebration was geared towards generating conversations amongst policy makers, civil society and the general public on the need for attention to be given to ensuring online safety for children. 

Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful in her remarks emphasised the role of the internet in the lives of especially young people and children for educative, social and entertainment purposes, however there was a need for parents, guardians and teachers to pay more attention to what the young ones engaged in online to ensure they were not abused or taken advantage off.  She made mention of various tools such as firewalls which can be used by parents and guardians to restrict the navigation of children online.

In ending, the Minister spoke of the 292 short code available for the general public and advised the children to use it wisely and not for playful purposes. 

The children entertained the guests with choreography performance, poetry and drama.

Other supporters of the event were National Commission for Civic Education, Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Ministry of Education to mention a few.

 

ABOUT SAFER INTERNET DAY

Starting as an initiative of the EU SafeBorders project in 2004 and taken up by the Insafe network as one of its earliest actions in 2005, Safer Internet Day has grown beyond its traditional geographic zone and is now celebrated in approximately 160 countries worldwide