Google has announced a number of initiatives across Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa to bolster its continued efforts to keep children, young people, and families safe online.
In a statement released on Tuesday by the tech giant’s country director, Google said it has teamed up with some organisations across the continent to boost efforts and develop programmes around online safety.
To mark the 2021 Safer Internet Day, Google also offered free online safety books and government collaborations.
“With an estimated 346 million internet users that came online for the first time in 2020 and 376 million new social media users, there is no better time for us to help people stay safe online,” the US firm stated.
“We are working with nonprofits and social enterprises to advance their work through Google.org’s Africa Online Safety Fund.
“We’re also working with educational institutions and governments across sub-Saharan Africa in order to have a greater impact.”
In administering its Africa Online Safety Fund, Google said it gave a grant to Impact Amplifier and the Institute for Strategic Dialogue to run a call across the continent to find innovative non-profit organisations operating in Africa.
“26 organisations across 9 African countries were selected to get grants of up to $100,000 each. The five selected in Nigeria include Epower, LagosMums, Velma Foundation, Hive Creative Guild and Teens Can Code,” it added.
“This funding will be used to boost projects that work to combat online vulnerabilities, disinformation and extremism aimed at children, the youth, families, schools and small and medium-sized businesses.”
Google also collaborated with Nomthi Odukoya, a Nigerian author, to create ‘How to be Safe Online’, a book for kids.