Abuja, Feb. 6, 2018 (TNE) Mr Adedayo Thomas, Executive Director of National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), has called on relevant government agencies and other stakeholders to sensitise the youth on safe and positive use of internet.
He made the call on Tuesday while delivering a speech at an event to mark the 2018 Safer Internet Day in Abuja.
February 6 is marked globally as Safer Internet Day to create awareness, advice and support to young people, parents and guardians on how to ensure safer use of the internet.
This year’s edition, with the theme “Create, Connect and Share Respect: A Better Internet Starts With You”, urges stakeholders to play their part in creating a better internet for everyone.
Thomas said that there is the need for young Nigerians, especially students to be guided on safe and productive use of the internet especially this digital era of communication that allows access to information through the new media.
“It is no longer news that digital technology has taken over the world, therefore, we must teach our children and young people how to stay safe on the internet.
“They need to be equipped with the necessary skills to use the internet in a responsible manner.
“I urge my colleagues in government and other stakeholders, especially in the education sector, to join hands in identifying effective methods in making online safety a norm in our society,’’ he said.
The Executive Director explained that the board has over the past four years marked the Safer Internet Day in collaboration with Homevida and Google.
He added that the 2018 edition is being celebrated simultaneously across Nigeria, with secondary school students as target audience.
He lauded the organisers of the event for putting on display interactive videos to educate more than 2,000 students on the importance of online safety.
In his remark, Information Minister, Lai Mohammed commended the NFVCB and other stakeholders for organising the event.
Mohammed who was represented by Mr Greyne Anosike, Director of ICT in the Ministry, urged the NFVCB to take the message of Safer Internet for Nigerian youths to the National Council on Information for states to key into its campaign.
“The Federal Government is doing everything to ensure that Nigerian children make productive and positive use of the internet.
“All commissioners for information in Nigeria are members of the National Council of Information, and they can take the Internet Safety campaign to their respective states,’’ he said.
The Public Private Development Centre, Homevida, Google and other ICT organisations partnered with the National Film and Video Censors Board to mark this year’s Safer Inernet Day.
Students from selected secondary schools in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) were present on the occasion.