Facebook joins hands with partners across Africa for a safer Internet

FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2016, file photo, Mark Zuckerberg, chairman and CEO of Facebook, speaks at the CEO summit during the annual Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Lima, Peru. Zuckerberg unveiled his new artificial intelligence assistant named "Jarvis" in a Facebook post on Dec. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix, File)
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Celebrating Safer Internet Day (SID) under the connected theme of “Create, connect and share respect: A better internet starts with you”, Facebook today announced a number of partnerships across Africa with over 20 non-governmental organizations 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.

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Mark Zuckerberg

Some of these resources include:

​The Facebook Safety Centre (mobile friendly and available in over 50 languages, including step-by-step instructional videos)

The Parent Portal
Local resources for parents, teachers and caregivers
Bullying Prevention Hub with advice for teens, parents and educators looking for support and help for issues related to bullying
Practical advice in Online Wellbeing
Tools on how to control user experience

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.”

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