In the most impactful effort ever to promote safer use of the internet, Digicel will team up with Trend Media, Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) and the National Secondary Schools Council (NSSC) to coordinate Jamaica’s participation in the global celebration of Safer Internet Day on Tuesday, February 11, 2020.
Under the hashtag #DigicelSID2020, a series of rap sessions, school talks and online discussions involving students from over 30 rural and urban schools will take place in Kingston, St. James and Portland.
“We’re widening the scope of our efforts this year to cover more topics and empower even more participants to act as ambassadors for safer use of the internet,” commented Elon Parkinson, Public Relations and Communications Manager at Digicel Jamaica.
That said, Parkinson also hopes that, through Digicel and its partners shining a light on safer online practices, others will be inspired play their part in reducing and reporting cyber-bullying, trolling and online scams that confront young internet users.
He shared, “What’s great about Safer Internet Day this year is that it opens up a national conversation about how all of us can help to make the internet a safe place for our young people. This is why our partnership with Trend Media, the CPFSA and the NSSC is so important to achieving this objective, because they too have the ability to reach, teach and equip our more of young and not-so-young people with the digital life skills they need, even as the technology around them continues to change.”
Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally in over one hundred countries every February. The event is an initiative by the European Union-based, InSafe – a network of awareness centres that promote safer use of the internet. As Jamaica’s digital lifestyle partner and preferred internet service provider, local activities are spearheaded by Digicel to promote the safe and responsible use of technology for young people.