W.TEC, Facebook sensitise pupils on Internet safety

THE Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre,  in collaboration with Facebook,  has sensitised senior secondary school pupils in Lagos State on the need to be safety conscious while making use of the Internet.

Addressing pupils during the workshop at the Reagan Memorial Baptist Girls School, Yaba, Lagos, on Friday, the Executive Director, W.TEC, Mrs. Oreoluwa Lesi, said the event was organised to mark the Global Safer Internet Day set aside to celebrate and raise awareness of the Internet, online and safety issues among young people.

Lesi noted that the Internet and the social media had become important tools for educational development, hence there was the need to start educating parents and the youths on its positive and negative impacts.

She noted that the organisation partnered Facebook for this year’s Global Safer Internet Day with the theme, ‘Be the Change Agent, Unite for a better Internet,’ because, according to her, Facebook has gained a widespread usage and popularity among secondary school pupils in the country.

While advising the pupils to be careful about posting on social media and the sites they visit, Lesi advised parents to guide their children on the usage of the Internet as early as age 13. This, she said, would enable pupils to be exposed to devices  and aid their learning at the early stages of life.

She said, “If the pupils are properly guided, they will only visit sites that will boost their academics and morals. To this effect, the sensitisation workshop is to make the Internet safer for the pupils. Through this, the pupils will also get to know innovative ways of using the Internet safely.

“We can tell them: ‘Mind what you write on Facebook. For instance, do not post that your parents have travelled and you are the only one at home, or with your siblings. Criminals after getting such information could break into your house, kidnap, steal or even do worse than that.”

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