A statement issued in Accra, signed by Donald Gwira, Head of Corporate Communications and External Affairs, and copied to the Ghana News Agency, said Airtel sought to promote a safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones amongst children.
It said the theme for Safer Internet Day 2015; “Let’s Create a Better Internet Together,” was to encourage students to embrace the internet in their studies.
This in turn creates a balance between empowering them to make use of the positive opportunities offered online and also help to deal with the negative aspects of the web.
The statement said due to the lack of supervision by most parents, children interacted with unscrupulous people on the internet thereby polluting their minds.
It said Airtel was, therefore, urging parents to become better informed about online safety and to communicate with their children around the rules and boundaries of internet usage.
“Child online safety must be on the national agenda. We must ensure that everyone is aware of the dangers for children online. And we want to promote and strengthen the many outstanding efforts that are being made around the world and in Ghana, such as the Safer Internet Programme, to limit these dangers,” it said.
Mrs Hannah Agbozo, Director of Legal and Corporate Affairs, Airtel Ghana, said: “Children are very resourceful in making the most of online services such as social networking sites and mobile phones, but many still underestimate the hidden risks of using these, from cyber-bullying to sexual grooming online.
“The Internet binds the whole world together. The safety of children who use it is a concern for everyone. I am, therefore, very happy that Airtel Ghana is associated with the rest of the world in observing Safer Internet Day, and all year round.”