Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA)

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The world celebrated the 2021 Safer Internet Day, on Tuesday, 9th February 2021 with the theme “Together for a better Internet”. This was the 18th edition of the Safer Internet Day (SID). There is the need for all to get involved in making the Internet Safer for all, especially our children and young people. In Nigeria, various organisations were engaged in various activities, to preach the need for Safer Internet. From the involvement of various organisations, it is clear that we all have roles to play in ensuring a safer internet for all. All used the opportunity to create awareness on how to behave whilst online.

Safer Internet Day (SID), a landmark event, started in 2004 as an initiative of the EU SafeBorders project. Safer Internet Day is now celebrated by various organisations across 170 countries in the world. On this day, awareness is created about emerging online issues and current concerns.

As the world goes more digital, it becomes more important that people should learn how to be safe online. People need to take more responsibility for their activities online so that they don’t fall victim to cyber attackers. A security breach has a lot of consequences. People must be taught the required skills to keep safe and remain safe online.

The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) joined other organisations to speak about safer internet during the webinar organised by the Internet Society (ISOC) Nigeria Chapter. Each participating organisation discussed their various roles in providing a safer and better digital environment for all, especially for children and the youth. The NiRA representative, Mr. Ikechukwu Ezeji, spoke on the various activities carried out by NiRA to keep the internet safer for all, including the training conducted by NiRA Academy. He spoke on the need for Nigerians to embrace the Nigerian Online Identity, to use the .ng domain names for their websites and email addresses.

In Nigeria, the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) was in the forefront of organisations creating awareness for a safer internet. NITDA released tips on how to stay safe on the Internet.