Google Nigeria has announced that it will this year introduce an Internet safety course into the curriculum of secondary schools in Nigeria.
This safety course is developed by Google and is one of the initiatives aimed at educating young Nigerians on how to be safe while using the Internet.
Google, in a statement, revealed that it would organize online safety workshops in 32 states in Nigeria in partnership with the Public and Private Development Centre (PPDC) and the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC).
According to the statement, the partners in this initiative aim at educating more than 100,000 secondary school students on how to stay protected when using the Internet through the workshops which form part of Google’s Web Rangers programme, a digital literacy programme designed to allow young people to gain critical skills and knowledge around online safety.
This is the first time such an event would be held on such a scale in Nigeria, the statement said.
“As the Internet grows, so does the need for safety, privacy, and security online. Google is, and always has been, committed to helping make the Internet safer and more useful for everyone,” said Google Nigeria Policy Manager, Seember Nyager.
“Through initiatives like our Web Rangers programme, we educate young Nigerians in secondary schools to explore the Internet and use our Google products safely. With Family Link, we empower parents to set digital ground rules by managing their Google Accounts, device, and app usage. Family-friendly products, like YouTube Kids, provide a safer online experience for discovery.
“Beyond our own products, we also want to help kids learn how to be safer, more confident explorers of the online world with programmes like the one we announced today with the PPDC and the NERDC which will see a Google-designed online safety curriculum integrated into the junior secondary school curriculum across Nigeria.”
The Chief Executive Officer, Public and Private Development Centre (PPDC), Nkemdilim Ilo, said, “PPDC is proud to celebrate Safer Internet Day. It is a great opportunity to show the role we can all play in helping to make the Internet a safer, more positive place. That’s why for the past four years we have joined Google, government and the rest of the world to celebrate Internet safety and to help keep children safe online.”
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