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Eveminet’s Commitment to Online Safety – An Inside Look

Building a Safer Digital World for Our Children: Our Collaborative Approach

The world is more interconnected now than ever before. However, even in this interconnectedness, there is a need for a sense of direction to ensure a sense of community and togetherness toward a common goal – the betterment of each and every one of us, but most especially the protection of the most vulnerable among us – children.

At Eveminet, our core mission is to ensure that every child can navigate the online world safely, and more importantly, that their ecosystem (which includes: parents, educators, guardians, tech companies, policymakers, and the government) is empowered with the right tools and resources to support the child.

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Over the past few years, the digital space has changed significantly, and the scope of child online protection has widened. This means that we certainly need to keep up-to-date with these changes and, like safety measures, upgrade them each year. The child’s ecosystem acts as a foundation and a cushion against harm and incidents in the online space. As technology evolves, new risks emerge, and with risks comes the need to mitigate them.

“Children are one-third of our population and all of our future.”
– Select Panel for the Promotion of Child Health, 1981

Training the Child

We raise children with the hope that they become independent and well-functioning citizens of society. Most children today do not know a world without the internet; they are essentially connected to the world more than ever before – global citizen children. Through our program, Whiz Kids Africa, we guide children aged 5-17 on how to better equip themselves to handle their online journeys and avoid online incidents. We teach them to take responsibility for their online actions, bearing in mind their permanence, while also encouraging them to explore the internet with the enthusiasm and caution of a child learning to ride a bicycle.

 According to a UNICEF report, more than 175,000 children go online for the first time every day, opening up vast opportunities but also exposing them to potential risks.

Youth Digital Well-being Programs

Technology, with all its benefits, comes with perks, and one of them is its impact on well-being, especially for the youth, who are mostly affected. We provide resources and tools to the youth on how to maintain a healthy digital life. Our programs teach the youth how their relationship with technology and, most especially, their digital devices can impact their well-being. We guide them on proper ways to interact with their devices and also on how to find a balance between their online and offline lives.

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Parents and Educator Training

Digital parenting is not easy, and we understand that. Many times, parents are trying to catch up with life and emerging technology. We help parents learn how to support their children’s online lives, from understanding how and why their children are online to helping them set up controls and have conversations based on values. We equip them with tools to help mitigate the risks that come with the online world.

 Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.

– Margaret Mead

As for educators, since technology is also an enabler of education now, we help them understand what online safety means in education. We guide them on understanding how online safety and education interact, where we need to draw the line, and how to ensure the best interest of the child in terms of learning online and supporting them to learn safely online.

According to a report by the Cyberbullying Research Center, over 36% of students reported experiencing cyberbullying in their lifetimes.

Technology Companies

Safeguarding children is a very important aspect of creating platforms and devices used by children. That’s why we partner with tech companies such as TikTok to ensure that the trust and safety aspects are embedded in their products, especially those that children come into contact with. We also partner with them to ensure we train children and their ecosystems on best practices for children.

Policy Makers and Government

Laws and policies exist to protect the rights of everyone, including children. So we ensure that we advise policymakers and the government on how to improve current laws to fit the ever-changing technological world that children interact with. We also ensure that anyone who tries to interfere with the rights of the child is reported and faces justice.

“As the African proverb says, “It takes a village to raise a child.”

We believe in collaborations that help make children and their ecosystems better online. We welcome every “villager” who shares the same vision as us, and, of course, we strive to all face the same direction, no matter how hard it is – our aim is to ensure that our compass is always pointing true north, which is child online protection and youth digital well-being all over the world.

There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.

– Nelson Mandela

Every person has a role to play in making the digital space safe for children, so join us in this mission and learn more about how to support this cause for the future generation.

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