Tuesday 17 September, 2019

Digicel calls on everyone to unite for a safer Internet

Digicel’s Regional Communications Manager, Elon Parkinson in discussion with students.

Digicel’s Regional Communications Manager, Elon Parkinson in discussion with students.

Senior leaders at Digicel will go back to the classroom in schools across the region to spread the word to students about staying safe online, as part of the growing global celebration of Safer Internet Day on Tuesday, February 6, 2018. This year’s theme is, “Create, Connect and Share Respect: A better internet starts with you.”

In light of the proliferation of harmful online content that either involve or can affect children, Digicel will be hoping to inspire a regional conversation about using technology responsibly.

In Jamaica, Digicel’s Regional Communications Manager, Elon Parkinson, will be in the classroom at the Vauxhall High School in Kingston. Corporate Sales Manager for Digicel Business – West, Ricky Purkiss will be conducting internet empowerment sessions with students at the Irwin High School in St. James.

The senior leaders will be turning the spotlight on the issue by helping to raise awareness among school-aged children about how to avoid and report online dangers. With the use of age-appropriate presentations and lively interaction with students from 7-18 years, the company has the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community for everyone.

“As a responsible provider of technology that brings people together and keeps them connected, we also feel it our duty to help the younger, early adopters to understand how to make use of the internet responsibly. So when they share content online, it’s important to take into consideration how the subject will feel, how the recipients will feel, and if the content being shared is fair to everyone involved,” said Parkinson.

Outside the classroom, Safer Internet Day celebrations in Jamaica will also be shared via Digicel’s social media pages for customers to engage and discuss the issues and challenges they face when it comes to using the internet positively.

 

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