By Simba-Safe Kenya
Happy New Month! Simba-Safe Kenya starts February 2016 focusing on the Safer Internet Day taking place on 9 February. The day offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community. Are you playing your part for a better internet?
The Safer Internet Day campaign keeps on growing year on year, with social media playing a more significant role than ever. For example, on Safer Internet Day 2015, 60 million people were reached with the hashtag #SID2015.
We aim to reach a higher number still using the official hashtag #SID2016 and by involving the social media community in a Twitter challenge to spread the word about the event.
The Twitter challenge encourages use of two secondary hashtags: #Iplaymypart and #playyourpart
How does the Twitter challenge work?
Share a tweet with the Safer Internet Day community detailing what you are planning to do to help create a better internet… and then ask your friends to do the same!
From cyber bullying to social networking, each year Safer Internet Day (“SID”) aims to raise awareness of emerging online issues through events and activities and chooses a topic reflecting current concerns. For SID 2016, the focus of the day (Tuesday 9 February 2016) is “Play your part for a better internet”, reflecting the fact that we all have a role to play.
The online safety landscape has evolved over recent years from a focus on creating a ‘safer’ internet to creating a ‘better’ internet. Whether we are children and young people, parents and carers, educators or social care workers, or indeed industry, decision makers or politicians, we all have a role to play.
In championing a better internet, the theme aims to encourage people to play their part in making the most of the positive opportunities offered online, while giving them the resilience, skills, knowledge and support they need to navigate any online risks they may come across.
Educators and social care workers can help to create a better internet by equipping children and young people with the digital literacy skills they require for today’s world, and giving them opportunities to use – and create – positive content online. They can help to respond to the negative by supporting young people if they encounter problems online, and by giving them the resilience, confidence and skills that young people need to navigate the internet safely.
We want to ensure children grow up on a safer and better online environment. We hope you join us ONLINE to celebrate Safer Internet Day on Tuesday, 9 February – for a better internet for all, especially children and young people!
Click on this link to register:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/safer-internet-day-2016-with-simba-safe-kenya-tickets-21202739966
ABOUT SIMBA-SAFE KENYA
Simba-Safe Kenya is a Personal Safety Education Programme (PSE) for children in Kenya.
The Simba-Safe Program deals with common situations which most children will experience at some stage; for example getting lost, knowing adults who can help, knowing their parents’ details or being approached by strangers and online safety.
Simba-Safe also teaches children the safety skills necessary to protect themselves from physical or sexual abuse while encouraging them to tell a trusted adult about any problems they may have.