JOHANNESBURG, South Africa— Safer Internet Day (SID) 2018 was celebrated on Tuesday, 6 February 2018 with a theme of "Create, connect and share respect: A better internet starts with you".
The day was a call to action for every stakeholder to play their part in creating a better internet for everyone, in particular the youngest users out there.
More than that, it was an invitation for everyone to join in and engage with others in a respectful way in order to ensure a better digital experience.
The Safer Internet Day was celebrated under the connected theme of “Create, connect and share respect: A better internet starts with you,”
In particular, Facebook announced a number of partnerships across Africa with over 20 non-governmental organisations and government agencies with the aim of raising awareness of emerging online issues and helping to explore ways to make the Internet safer for all.
Launching a series of initiatives, including a specially created family-friendly animation which directs viewers to the Parent Portal in the Facebook Safety Centre, parents and caregivers can access a variety of information and tips on how to discuss issues of online safety with teens, developed in partnership with safety experts from around the world.
Commenting on Facebook’s work as part of Safer Internet Day, Akua Gyekye, Public Policy Manager Facebook, Africa said: “Every day, millions of people across Africa come to Facebook to talk about their special moments and to stay connected with the people they care about. We recognize the important role we play in creating a better and safer online community for all, with this year’s growing partnerships across the continent further demonstrating our ongoing commitment to supporting organisations that raise awareness on these important issues.”