Initiative Update

Online Safety Training for Mums and Teachers

Amanda Obidike
Posted December 14, 2020

There has been an alarming increase in online child abuse, which has led to the doubling of suspected online child exploitation cases in Africa. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all aspects of our lives. With schools closed, and lock-downs imposed, many children and young people are spending all their time at home. Much of that time may be online, and often they will spend more time online than usual.

Starting from the 4th, of December 2020 to the 11th, of December, we launched an Online Safety Virtual Roadshow in collaboration with Google across 6 states in Nigeria for Mothers, Educators and School administrators. We understand technology’s ability to unlock creativity and create opportunities, but there is a duty to equip users with the tools and resources to make safe choices online and to curb risks like Cyberbullying, Online sexual abuse, sending/receiving potentially harmful content, etc.

Although, in the course of the virtual training, we had some mothers request for future hands-on sessions and managing their devices, operating their family links and other parental controls.

We implemented 20 sessions virtually to empower parents, teachers and guardians; imparting online safety tips to children so that they can learn how to be safe and confident explorers of the internet, while staying safe online.

How many people have you impacted since your last update?

971

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Nini Mappo
Dec 14, 2020
Dec 14, 2020

Hello Amanda,
Good on you for highlighting the need for cyber safety and for helping carers, teachers and parents keep their children safe online. With parents often unaware of the dangers of their children's presence online, this kind of training is really crucial, and it is so good of you and your organization to identify this need and deliver training virtually. It would be beneficial if this idea could be extended to other countries through Project Kuongoza's networks as online engagement for children can only increase moving forward.
Congratulations on your growing impact! Sending you love and a Christmas cheer :-)

Amanda Obidike
Jan 05
Jan 05

Hi Nini.
Thank you so much. Yes, we are looking forward to implementing online safety to teachers and parents in other countries of Africa. Dangers of the internet has become a global threat ( phishing, identify theft, obscenity, malwares, scams, cyberbullying is on the rise etc).
I will be happy to share more on our plans to make this happen in 2021.

Thank you Nini :-)

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Dec 15, 2020
Dec 15, 2020

Hello, Amanda,

Wow! Kudos to you and your team for always "listening" to women's challenges and for providing tech solutions to them. I hope Google will extend this virtual training to the rest of the world, not just in Nigeria. I'm happy that there are tech-powered women like you in Nigeria who help your nation move forward despite its challenges!

Thank you for sharing this update with us! Congratulations on this partnership with Google! More success ahead, and may God continue to extend your territories. :)

Amanda Obidike
Jan 06
Jan 06

Thank you so much for your kind words always, Karen. I totally agree. We look forward to working with local stakeholders, women-led organizations and tech companies in catering to safety needs and providing empowering tools that can keep everyone safe while exploring the internet.

Awesome! Looking forward to reading your updates, dear Amanda!

Maya Iwata
Dec 16, 2020
Dec 16, 2020

Amanda,
Thank you so much for sharing your story and your Impact update! I also appreciate you lifting up that there has been an alarming increase in online child abuse and how you and your organization have risen to the challenge and created training and support for parents, teachers, and guardians to children so they can "learn how to be safe confident explorers of the internet while staying safe online." Thank you for your amazing work and look forward to reading more updates in the future. Congratulations on your work and on you impact!

Amanda Obidike
Jan 06
Jan 06

Thank you so much, Maya Iwata.
Cheers to a beautiful 2021 where we look forward to breaking boundaries and uplifting each other through our shared stories.
Happy New Year. :-)

Beth Lacey
Dec 16, 2020
Dec 16, 2020

Wonderful and much needed work!

Amanda Obidike
Jan 06
Jan 06

thank you so much, Beth!
happy new year

KABAHENDA KIGGUNDU
Dec 28, 2020
Dec 28, 2020

Thank you very much Amanda for sharing.

I am in awe of you for taking on this initiative and for the number of people that you have already impacted.
I hope that the Online Safety Virtual Roadshow will soon reach all the States of Nigeria.

What you are doing is very important for so many mothers, teachers, and administrators are not aware of the dangers looming on the virtual platforms where their children spend a lot of time.
Knowledge is power, and it is this kind of knowledge that is going to keep children safe from cyber bullying and other forms of child abuse.
For example, recently, a guardian in Uganda was able to intercept communication from a teacher who was soliciting sex from his thirteen-years old student.
Please keep up the good work and keep us updated.
More power to you!

Amanda Obidike
Jan 06
Jan 06

Thank you so much, Kabahenda.
I agree that there are so many dangers and "internet bad-guys" (as we call it) that are on the increase daily.
Everyday, we discover they implement different strategies to draw/deceive young people. Some students have faced trauma, depression and even identity theft as a result to these bad-guys. It's so sad.
That is why we advise parents and teachers to be easily accessible and discuss these things to their children or wards before hand.
Thank you so much. We look forward to sensitizing as many communities as we can.