Influencers and youth across West and Central Africa raise awareness about cyberbullying

To commemorate Safer Internet Day, young influencers across the region took to social media to share tips on how to stay safe online.

Zara Chitou
18 February 2020

In West and Central Africa, more than 60 million people are active on social media, with a growing population of children and youth using these online platforms. While access to the internet and its related digital innovations creates new opportunities for younger generations, it unfortunately also makes way for dangers to creep in. On Safer Internet Day, UNICEF partnered with influencers and youth across the region to raise awareness about cyberbullying and share tips for children to feel safer online.

So, what is cyberbullying, and how do you make the difference between a joke and bullying? In the video below, TV/Radio host, journalist and UNICEF Cote d’Ivoire ambassador, Jean Michel Onnin, explains the difference.

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Online bullying can result in unwanted attention from people, including strangers.

Jean Michel Onnin

Feeling more confident about the difference between jokes and bullying after watching this video? Great! Now you may be wondering what you can do to stay safe online and what features exist on social media to protect you from negativity. Faith, George and Uche from Nigeria share a few helpful tips below.

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Make use of the new features social media sites are putting in place.


A better and safer internet starts with each one of us! To help us all end violence online, UNICEF teamed up with international cyberbullying and child protection experts, and major social media, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to answer the top questions young people around the world are asking about cyberbullying.

Remember, if you have any concerns, or something has happened to you or someone you know online, speak to an adult you trust as soon as possible. If you're unsure about what you can do, check Child Helpline International, your country may have a special helpline you can call for free and talk to someone anonymously.

Together let's build a safer life online for every child and young person.