Students join Digicel and partners in campaign for a safer internet
Public Relations and Communications Manager at Digicel, Elon Parkinson, was surrounded by students of several high schools in Kingston during a lively discussion about online safety for young people during Safer Internet Day activities on Tuesday.
In support of Safer Internet Day, Digicel, Trend Media, Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) and the National Secondary Students’ Council (NSSC) received commitments from over 200 hundred high school students from across the country that they will act as ambassadors for safer internet use by their peers.
The students, representing over 30 rural and urban high schools participated in lively discussions about taking responsibility for their online behaviour and making the internet a safer place, especially for younger users.
These activities were part of the celebration of Safer Internet Day (SID) at Titchfield High School in Portland, Montego Bay High School for Girls in St James at the Digicel Headquarter in Downtown Kingston on Tuesday, February 11, where the students converged and engaged in frank, open discussions about spotting and avoiding online dangers, using tech responsibly and acquiring digital life skills.
Through live streaming, more persons were able to join the robust discussions under the hashtag #DigicelSID2020.
Speaking after a SID session held at Montego Bay High School for Girls, Public Relations and Communications Manager for Digicel Jamaica, Elon Parkinson commented, “We came out of these sessions feeling very encouraged that more of our young people were empowered to do the right thing while they navigate the online space. Our partnership with Trend Media, CPFSA, and NSSC, ensured that all participants received a full checklist of useful tips for themselves and to share with their peers.”
Public Relations Officer for the National Secondary Student’s Council, Ree-Anna Robinson, makes a point during an empowering Safer Internet Day presentation to students of over 10 high schools in Kingston at the Digicel Headquarters on Tuesday.
Following his presentation in Kingston, Senior Marketing Manager for Trend Media, Andrew Brown, remarked, “As the leader in digital marketing in the Caribbean, and knowing that access to social media is in the hands of millions of children, it was important that we took the time to ensure programmes are in place to properly educate our youth on how to like, share, post, and follow, responsibly”.
Public Relations Officer for the National Secondary Students’ Council and sixth-form Immaculate Conception student, Ree-Anna Robinson, who had earlier urged students to avoid oversharing on social media platforms, said, “I hope that students now understand what it means to think wisely before you post on social media and think not only how it affects them but also the people around them. At the NSSCJA we have made it our mission to defend students’ rights and promote student responsibility and that includes internet literacy. We are grateful that Digicel Jamaica has included us in this awesome initiative”.
Following her lively and animated discussion with the student-participants, CPFSA Children’s Officer, Sandra Brown, lauded the Digicel initiative. She remarked, “I am hoping that going forward, all these students will be more vigilant in what they say and post on the internet. We have to ensure that we put forward a positive message, one that focuses on spreading love and goodwill.”
Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally in over one hundred countries in 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.