By Kelechukwu Iruoma
Facebook has partnered the International Centre for Leadership Development Nigeria (ICLDNG) on free internet safety resources for teenagers, parents and educators through its newly launched Safety Centre.
According to Facebook Public Policy Manager Africa, Mr. Akua Gyekye, the redesigned Safety Centre which is available in over 50 languages walks people through the tools Facebook offers to control their experience on Facebook as well as numerous tips and resources for safe and secure sharing of information.
He said, “Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. We want everyone to feel safe when sharing and engaging with friends, family and loved ones on Facebook.”
“To help achieve this, we are working with external experts and gather feedback from our community and partners like the ICLDNG to develop and improve our policies, tools and resources to keep people safe on Facebook.”
She said that the device works well on mobile devices and includes step-by-step videos on a variety of useful safety topics.
“An addition to Facebook’s Safety Centre is the Bullying Prevention Hub, a resource for teens, parents and educators seeking guidance on how to prevent and address bullying. Developed with the Yale Centre for Emotional Intelligence in 2013, Facebook now works with 50 partners around the world to make the Bullying Prevention Hub more widely available”
In his reaction, Mr. Felix Iziomoh, the Executive Director of ICLDNG said, “We’re pleased to partner with Facebook to help educate people about how they can stay safe online. We believe in the positive uses of technology and we are happy to play a role in helping to create a better and safer online community.”