Huawei Technologies has unveiled a devolved training program for youth to drive stronger awareness on the mechanics of making better and safer use of the Internet.
Speaking during the Safer Internet Day commemoration in Kilifi County, Huawei Director of Women in Technology Maureen Mwaniki said the firm had partnered with several organizations to provide vital cyber security information and practical use of devices to obtain optimal benefits from the Internet.
“We are working closely with the Communications Authority and County Governments to deepen our Kenyan youth’s understanding of how to use the Internet for greater personal growth while at the same time protecting themselves from online predators and fraudsters,” said Mwaniki
The training involves using Huawei’s mobile digital classroom known as the DigitTruck that is equipped with computers connected to 4G internet and teaching the youth extensively on online safety.
They experience gaming as a teaching tool by playing the Cyber Soljas game.
Cyber Soljas educates children on guidelines related to cybercrime, cyberbullying, ID theft, fake news, and catphishing.
Mwaniki added that girls in particular are at higher risk of being victims on the Internet and called for stronger parental and teacher guidance to them on the opportunities that the worldwide web presents for education as well as enterprise.
“In this day and age, our people are exposed to a higher risk of being defrauded or even trafficked and it is incumbent upon each responsible adult to educate their younger relatives and friends that while the Internet is a mine of useful information, it also serves as a hunting ground for crafty people. It is therefore crucial that they consult widely and learn to note the red flags,” she said.
The safer internet training will involve the Drigitruck traveling to remote parts of the country and providing lessons covering a wide range of topics, including the use of computers and the internet to find jobs, study, market, and sell products while using search engine tools to access helpful information online.
The DigiTruck currently traversing counties within the coast region arrived last week in Kilifi from Tana River County.
“Internet use comes with its advantages. I encourage everyone to share the skills acquired with their parents and siblings,” said Kilifi Deputy County Commissioner Peter Ndungu.