ONLINE SAFETY CURRICULUM
Online safety Sensitization and Awareness in School
Since the inception of the online safety campaigns, we have successfully empowered and sensitized over twenty thousand (20,000) primary and secondary school students in more than 150 public and private schools across the country on critical issues about being safe, respectful and responsible for the internet.
In a bid to ensure that every Nigerian child gains the fundamental knowledge of digital safety, we are currently strategizing on advocacy and fundraising for schools with little or no digital infrastructure. Our prospective partners may include telecommunications companies and private foundations to assist identified schools with computers, internet-enabled devices and internet connectivity. This will help bridge the digital inclusion gap currently existing in our education system.
Adoption of Online Safety Courses into the
Nigerian National Curricula
Acknowledging that we cannot possibly reach all the children in Nigeria with our online safety awareness campaign, We began the process of getting the Nigerian Government to infuse online safety courses into the Nigerian School Curriculum in 2018.
We partnered with the Nigeria Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC), the agency responsible for curriculum development in Nigeria. We successfully completed the concept planning and development stage, writing stage, Critique stage, and Editorial stage for the online safety curriculum development including its Teacher’s Guide Development.
In November 2019, the Online Safety Curriculum was finally approved by the federal Minister of Education during the 64th National Council on Education (NCE) meeting held in Port Harcourt River State.
It is important to note that the online safety curriculum was not developed to become a stand-alone curriculum but rather it was developed and infused into three carrier subjects i.e. Basic Science and Technology, Civic Education, and Computer Science curriculum and is set to be taught across primary and secondary schools in Nigeria.
This ranks Nigeria as the first in Africa to have incorporated online safety courses into its National curricula for primary and secondary school education.
The online safety curriculum focuses on the following topics: online safety tips/rules, benefits/opportunities on the Internet, cyberbullies, cyber predators/pedophiles, internet fraud, hackers, phishers, securing personal information, online gaming, safety tools, digital citizenship, social media networking, online creative credits and copyrights, hate speech, fake news, online age restriction and amongst many other topics.
Teachers Capacity Building on Online Safety
PPDC has embarked on building the capacity of teachers on online safety across 25 states. The targeted teachers are those offering Basic Science and Technology, Civic Education, and Computer Science. This aims to ensure that teachers are well informed and knowledgeable about the subject matter in order to efficiently deliver the courses to the students.