Zimbabwe joins the rest of the World in Commemorating Safer Internet day. The day aims to focus the minds of adults and children on the myriad of threats that lurk on-line for the uninformed and unprepared.
Speaking exclusively to TechnoMag, Zimbabwe Information and Communication Technologies (ZICT) Chairman Engineer Jacob Mutisi said the annual celebration is observed to promote a safer and better internet where everyone is empowered to use technology responsibly and safely.
“The annual celebration for Safer Internet Day aims to raise awareness of both safer and a better internet, where everyone is empowered by the use of technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively,” he said
“Our mandate is to reach out to children and young people, parents, and educators to encourage everyone to play their part in creating a better internet,”.
The ZICT has engaged the local media to encourage individuals to take responsibility when using the internet and also in acquiring the Cyber Security booklets.
“We urge all internet users to acquire the Cyber Security booklet to be well versed and protect themselves from hackers online,” he said.
According to the European Union (EU), “Safer internet day is an international event that promotes a safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones by children and young people across the world.”
It was started as part of the EU Safe Borders project in 2004. It is now reportedly observed in over 100 countries.
The theme for this year is ‘Together for a Safer Zimbabwe.’ For last year it was commemorated under ‘Create, connect and share respect: A better internet starts with you’.