To many of us, the internet has become a pivot that supports our daily activities and for others, it is an enabler and a critical tool that facilitates the smooth functioning of our lives. For most of us, the internet is part of our daily routine for keeping in touch with friends and family, working, studying, playing games, shopping, and paying bills. While the internet offers us many benefits, there is also a range of safety and security concerns associated with its use. To help keep all of us Ghanaians safe and secure online, our organization: Child Online Africa will offer a range of information from a number of different socialization agents of children.
Child Online Africa is pleased to inform our stakeholders and the general public about the launch and plan of our annual campaign #NiceNetNovember launched. Nice Net November as the name suggests is a month-long action to promote responsible digital use among children, youth and families. This is done by making available relevant and appropriate online safety information to the general public.
This year’s edition of the campaign is being marked with support from Facebook and the National Communications Authority (NCA) in Ghana. In spite of its vast regulatory mandate, the NCA equally holds the responsibility to Educate and Protect Consumers; the Authority ensures consumers are protected by providing safeguard mechanisms for seeking redress on a wide range of issues including dealing with infractions by service providers operating in the IT industry in Ghana.
In furtherance of this mandate, the NCA has decided to support our initiative. We consider this a significant boost to the numerous calls for a concerted effort from both the public and private sector at making the internet a safer place for all.
As an organization that is preoccupied with child safety and well-being content and Meta’s Trusted Partner, this month of November will also see the release of the Online Safety guide for the Family.
We urge that all stakeholders both public and private, actively support us to maximize the benefits of technology while minimizing the risks it poses to children