SAVE the Children Zambia (SCZ) has joined the rest of the globe in commemorating Safer Internet Day (SID) with an earnest appeal to children against issuing out their personal details when online to guarantee their safety.
Meanwhile, to celebrate this year’s SID, on February 10, 2021, Facebook partnered with Plan International and Save the Children in organizing a virtual event focused on addressing online safety awareness across Africa.
According to SCZ everyone, particularly children and young people deserve to be safe online every day.
The SID is organised by the joint Insafe/INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission, each February to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology, especially among children and young people.
“With support from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, we are raising awareness and calling on everyone to act for child online safety. Internet can be fun and good for expressing yourself but it can also be dangerous.
When online children must not give out personal details mobile number, home address, school details, photos or videos of family and friends,” reads a SCZ statement posted in commemoration of the SID which was held on February 9, 2021.
The child organization indicates that children should not hesitate to inform adults they trust or call the toll free number (116-Childline or 7070-ZICTA) If someone is making them uncomfortable or upset online.
SCZ has further commended Yande Banda, a 16-year-old child rights activist for being an ambassador for safe online spaces for children in Zambia and across the continent.
Yande is also the youngest member of the Adolescent Girls Advisory Council (AGAC) for the Global Fund for Women.