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Mutabazi Roots for Right Content for Kids Ahead of Safer Internet Day

UCC Executive Director, Eng. Godfrey Mutabazi. (Photo by: Kenneth Kazibwe/ChimpReports)

Uganda will on Tuesday, price http://darylhewsoncollection.com/tmp/templates_c/19%5e%25%2570%5e707%5e707a8977%25%25content%253acontent_en.php February 7 join the rest of the world to celebrate the Safer Internet Day, diagnosis http://clubcycloautun.fr/wp-admin/includes/class-plugin-upgrader.php Chimp Corps report.

Safer Internet Day 2017 will be celebrated globally with the slogan ‘Be the change: Unite for a better internet’.

The celebration sees hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote the safe, ambulance responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.

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The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) Executive Director Godfrey Mutabazi said internet should be used for communication and development purposes.

“Today, we look at ICT, especially the internet, as an enabler to socio-economic development,” said Mutabazi.

“Despite its advantages, technology has also brought with it some challenges of its own.”

He said raising children “in a morally upright way is shared responsibility by parents, institutions and government,” adding, “This is in line with the African saying that it takes a village to raise a child.'”

Uganda is among the 10 leading internet markets in Africa with a subscriber base of 8.5 million and that of internet users at 16.7 million, according to UCC statistics.

The total bandwidth-data transfer rate – is 45,039 Mbps.

Mutabazi said UCC has so far established ICT laboratories in over 1,000 government-aided secondary schools.

Of these, 600 schools are connected to the internet.

“This is in addition to 43 tertiary institutions including all national teachers colleges and nine universities,” said Mutabazi.

The ICT laboratories are equipped with content installed for the students’ use. UCC has as well helped train thousands of teachers with the requisite ICT skills.

Speaking ahead of the event, Mutabazi expressed hope that the stakeholders’ dialogue at UCC headquarters “will help in identifying appropriate solutions to overcome the dangers ICT presents to our youth and children as we strive to bring the benefits of ICT to them.”

Globally, Safer Internet Day is celebrated in over a hundred countries, coordinated by the joint Insafe/INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission, and national Safer Internet Centres across Europe.

The day offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community.

It calls upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers, and wider, to join together in helping to create a better internet.

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