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Date   : 7th February 2017

Venue:  Statehouse Girls High School

Theme: ‘Be the change- Unite for a better internet’.


Safer Internet Day is a day set aside to highlight positive use of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community. Safer Internet Day 2017 was celebrated globally on Tuesday 7th February with the slogan ‘Be the change: Unite for a better internet’.

In Kenya, Watoto Watch Network organized Safer Internet Day 2017, which was held at Statehouse Girls High School. This year, the celebration brought together children and young people, teachers and various stakeholders. The organizations that took part in this year’s event includes; Communications Authority of Kenya, Facebook, Terres des Hommes Netherlands, Safaricom, Childline Kenya, Cellulant, U-Tena, Lawmark Partners and TESPOK. Schools present included; State House girls, Precious Blood Secondary-Riruta, Nova Academies, Moi Educational Center, Makini School, State House Primary and Ndurarwa Primary.

The event brought together 350 students from various schools, both public and private. The schools present participated in an open competition where they came up with ideas on how to make the internet better for all children and young people in Kenya. The competition ran from January. School children, both from primary and secondary took part in the competition and the winners were awarded during the event. Teachers were not left behind as they were also present and they got a chance to mark the day with the students and the stakeholders present.

The event also showcased talent among the students who had come up with various tech innovations. Nova Academy made a presentation on the ‘Burst a nerve’ innovation project that would make studying among students easy and more interesting. Precious Blood Riruta gave a presentation on the award winning M-safiri application that would transform the transport industry. Moi Educational Centre emerged position one with the best idea on how to make the internet better.

The organizations present played a part in ensuring the success of the event. They highlighted their role in promoting online safety for the children. They also brought merchandizes for the students who took part in the competition as well as all members present for the event.

Watoto Watch Network wishes to thank all who took part in Safer Internet Day 2017, for making the day a success.

About our SID activities

About our SID activities

An event commemorating the day will be held at one of the primary schools in Nairobi:
  • There will be a debate by four different schools – both the primary school and high schools.
  • There will be a Q & A session between children and industry.
  • There will be a one-on-one session with industry and children. Industry will be showing children how to set privacy settings, how to report, and how to use the internet positively.
  • Safety information will be released hourly by different industry players via the Watoto Watch Network Facebook page.
Organisations participating in the day include:
  • Watoto Watch Network
  • Facebook
  • Safari.com
  • Cyber Crime Unit
  • Samsung
  • Cradle
  • Various media companies.

What we are doing to help create a better internet

The participating organisations named above are coming together to interact with children and young people to educate them on how to use the internet safely and positively.
Children and young people will be participating by giving a voice to what challenges they are facing while online and what they would make their online experience better.


About the organisation


Watoto Watch Network is a child focused non-profit organisation whose focus is raising awareness on child online protection in Kenya. We are also the Kenya organisers of Safer internet Day. We are currently organising the commemoration of the day for the third year.


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