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When Google, Homevida enlightened students on safer Internet use



IN a bid to enlighten youths on the ills of the detrimental use of the social media and the internet, the Nigeria Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC), Homevida, of the Public and Private Development Centre (PPDC) with support from Google Nigeria, put together a sensitisation workshop for students from five schools in Lagos.

    Themed Safer Internet Day (SID), participating students had unit heads Seember Nyager of Homevida and representatives from Google Nigeria guide them through the positive use of the Internet and the social media and further introduced them to opportunities available to them through the right use of the medium.

    The Director General of the NFVCB, Patricia Bala, presented a paper titled, The Negative impacts of the Internet, highlighting some of the detrimental activities youths engage in on the Internet.

    Policy Lead for Google Nigeria, Mrs. Titi Akinsanmi Bolarinwa, said, “it was an opportunity to share with the children the positive impacts of the Internet. Learners were challenged to seek out opportunities from the Internet and take advantage of its benefit to better their lives.”

   She added, “what Google seeks to achieve by supporting this event is to make the Internet safer for users, especially young people and further to highlight opportunities that are available online.” 

    At a breakout session, the participants were split into five groups where they brainstormed and proffered solutions to some of the challenges people face, while on the Internet. At the end of the sessions, the moderator (Seember) set up a jury made up of representatives from NFVCB, NCC and Google.

    Prizes were awarded to the winning group along with the opportunity of making a presentation to the Google Hangout platform.

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