Safe internet use and digital responsibility is the focus of educational outreach activities as Flow celebrated Safer Internet Day (SID) in the Virgin Islands today, February 11.
Observed globally, this year’s theme is ‘Together for a better Internet’. As part of its own observance, Flow joined its counterparts across the Liberty Latin America group of companies to engage in a series of awareness-building activities on safer ways to use this vital resource – the Internet.
Locally, the telecommunications provider will partner with various educational centers to conduct Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Edu-tainment sessions and School Education Road Shows, as well as customer engagement instore.
President and CEO of Liberty Latin America, Balan Nair, commented, “It’s hard to imagine life without the internet – it enables people, it connects people, and it helps people to learn, work, play, conduct business and even grow local economies and democracies."
Nair added, "Through several initiatives across our region we will be supporting the communities where our team members live and work by providing educational materials and tools to raise awareness of the importance of digital responsibility. Safe use of the internet is critical for everyone, and as a provider of connectivity, we are fully supportive of this important global effort.”
Adding to the discussion on why this global initiative is so important within the Territory, BVI Country Manager, Ravindra Maywahlall said, “At Flow, we believe it is our responsibility to educate our users on how best they can utilise this powerful resource. In doing so, we are demonstrating the importance of safe internet practices and the responsibility that it comes with it for students, parents, senior citizens and employees who use our products and services daily.
He added, “As Flow celebrates the power of the internet to connect communities, build capacity and share moments across the miles, the overall objective of our outreach activities is to help the public to understand potential online risks and how to avoid them, as well as how to use the internet positively.”
The UK Safer Internet Centre states that ‘Safer Internet Day aims to inspire a national conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively. It calls upon young people, parents, care-givers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers, and wider, to join in helping to create a better internet.’
By celebrating the positive power of the Internet, the Safer Internet Day slogan of “Together for a better Internet” encourages everyone to join the movement, participate, and make the most of the Internet’s potential to bring people together.
Safer Internet Day (SID) is organized by the joint Insafe/INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission, each February to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology, especially among children and young people.
Celebrated on the Tuesday of the second week of February, each year on Safer Internet Day millions of people unite to inspire positive changes online, to raise awareness of online safety issues, and participate in events and activities right across the globe.