With the aim of raising awareness of emerging online issues and helping to explore ways to make the Internet safer for all, Facebook celebrated Safer Internet Day (SID) by announcing partnerships across Afrika with over 20 non-governmental organisations and government agencies to make the Internet safe.

The social media company launched a series of initiatives. These initiatives included creating awareness around the Facebook parent portal where 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.

“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 organizations that raise awareness on these important issues,” said Akua Gyekye, Public Policy Manager at Facebook Africa.

Some of the resources that Facebook has made available 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 the user experience.

One of the partners that Facebook is working with is South Africa's Film and Publications Board.

“Parents, educators, guardians and industry must all be part of the conversation about keeping children online safe. Addressing challenges such as inappropriate content and cyberbullying demands partnership and cooperation between everyone involved in creating and consuming online content,” ” said Manala Botolo, Acting Manager Communications and Public Education at South Africa's Film and Publication Board.