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Google, NFVCB, Others Advocate For Safety Online

Posted: Feb 11, 2016 at 7:03 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Search engine giant, Google Nigeria, National Film and Videos Censors Board and Home Vida, have called on the government, organised private sector and  civil society to put policies on ground that would improve the safety of users while on the web.

They made this known at an interactive session in Lagos to commemorate a Safer Internet Day, with the theme: ‘Play your part for a better internet’.

According to Google’s Policy and Government Manager, Titi Akinsami, a safer internet would benefit everyone who uses the web, hence the need to evolve the online safety landscape.

She called on key stakeholders to employ smarter tools that will ensure the online environment remains safer for use.

In his speech, the Chief Executive Officer of Home Vida, Seember Nyager, explained that the aim of the Safer Internet Day was to educate teenagers and other age groups of the society on how to make proper use of the internet for their own benefit.

According to him, despite the fact that the internet was the fastest way of accessing informations, its hazardous effects were also prominent, hence the importance of the Safer Internet Day set aside to address it.

Also, the representative of the National Film and Video Censors Board, Mr. Terry Odey, said the general safety will also involve censorship of movies, which the board has been doing judiciously.

He said unapproved movies that find their ways into the market poses threat to the audience. “Our work primarily is to discourage indecent movies, hence we don’t allow them. Our films are classified for different audience, we have for teenagers, children and adults. So most of those films you see, they either didn’t pass through us or they pass through us and after we have done our work, they add somethings to the movie behind us,” he said.

The institutions, on ensuring Safer Internet, are collaborating to train over 10,000 Nigerian students via the web Rangers, face-to-face training sessions and via the newly launched online portal at