Antigua & Barbuda is among several Caribbean countries that will engage in an online safety campaign.
The Commonwealth initiative was launched yesterday in nine Commonwealth countries by Get Safe Online, a UK based non-profit organization.
The organisation is soliciting the support of community groups, government ministries, other non-profit organizations and the media to spread the campaign message of online safety in the respective Commonwealth countries.
Get Safe Online is funded by the UK Government, law enforcement and both public and private sector organisations and now can bring these services to the Caribbean as part of the UK’s Commonwealth Cyber Security Programme.
The first campaign – headlined “Hello Potential Victim” – will target all members of the public over the period April 2019 to March 2020, with a focus on those most likely to be affected – children and the elderly.
The “Hello Potential Victim” campaign shows examples of what a “Potential Victim” looks like from the victim’s point of view, and from the scammer’s perspective.
“Hello” serves a dual role; a “wake up call” to victims exposed to online predators and scammers, as well as a greeting much like how a fraudster would address his or her target.
Besides Antigua and Barbuda, the campaign was also launched in The Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, Jamaica, Grenada, Guyana, St. Vincent & The Grenadines and St. Lucia.
The platform for sharing online safety information in Antigua and Barbuda is getsafeonline.ag.