Google has committed a grant of KSh100 million towards the promotion of safe internet use in Africa.
Google, through its Be Internet Awesome program that is operational in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa, is seeking to expand its programs around internet literacy through third-party partners such as NGOs, educators, schools, government agencies and regulatory bodies.
According to the firm, they will provide training with a great focus on privacy, trust, and safety in Africa. Furthermore, they will provide organisations with funds to support the online safety efforts for children such as analyzing and evaluating information, sharing media with care, protecting and securing private data, and handling cyber-bullying.
The need for collective efforts by all stakeholders to safeguard our young people online cannot be gainsaid. Such initiatives will go a long way in making the Internet a safer place for our children.Acting Director-General, Communications Authority of Kenya, Mercy Wanjau
The World Economic Forum report states that more than 50% of the world’s children experience violence every year and mobile use is rising as well as internet access in Africa.
Statistics from the National KE-CIRT/CC shows that deeper investment in cyber-security is gradually paying off, with the number of attacks involving remote hijacking of computers dipping by 75% in the three months to December 2019.