Google recently announced the launch of its $1m pan-African fund at the 16th annual Safer Internet Day in Abuja
The initiative supports innovative ideas that promote privacy, trust and internet safety in sub-Saharan Africa.
Speaking at the Safer Internet Day, the Head of Brand and Reputation at Google Africa, Mojolaoluwa Aderemi-Makinde said that the funds will be managed by a third-party partner. She also said that information concerning applying for funds and the deadline for applying will be released shortly.
“The fund will be administered by a third-party partner on behalf of Google.org, and we will be sharing details on application criteria and deadlines soon,” she explained.
Explaining about the funds further, Aderemi-Makinde said; “Google is committed to a safe internet for children, as well as the empowerment of organisations who share this commitment.”
In line with this, Google also announced: “Be Internet Awesome.” This is the company’s landmark child online safety programme, that seeks to help minors explore the internet safely and confidently.
“We are excited to strengthen the work we have been doing with parents and children in the field of online safety in Nigeria. In addition to Family Link, which allows parents to help their families develop healthy digital habits, we also launched Password Checkup exactly one year ago to empower users to check and strengthen online security settings for their Google Accounts,” Aderemi-Makinde explained.
Be Internet Awesome focuses introduces kids to the world of internet and the important skills needed for surfing the internet and staying safe while at it. The kids will be thought how to recognize potential online scams, safeguard valuable information, identify and refrain from cyberbullying, deal with encountering questionable content on the internet and so much more.
“Beyond our own products, we also want to help kids learn how to be safer, more confident explorers of the online world. Today, we joined with the Public and Private Development Centre (PPDC) and the National Orientation Agency (NOA) to hold SID events in 36 States towards empowering teachers, parents and younger children to better understand and navigate the Web with confidence,” Seember Nyager, the Policy & Government Relations Manager, Google Nigeria explained.