Following its success in raising awareness of online safety and security issues in many Pacific island countries, Get Safe Online Pacific is now introducing a range of its popular websites in different Pacific languages.
On the 9th of March, Get Safe Online Vanuatu launched its website in Bislama, followed later in the month by national websites launched for Fiji (iTaukei language), Tonga, Kiribati, Samoa, Papua New Guinea (Tok Pisin), and Tuvalu.
The organization hopes the websites in the vernacular of these countries will greatly increase their effectiveness and acceptance.
Previously, the websites were only available in English, although some marketing materials for the sites (radio ads, social media posts, and online newsletters) were produced in some island languages.
“We’re thrilled to be launching these local language websites,” said Ms. Jenny Thornton, Head of International Relations for Get Safe Online.
“We see these sites as the natural evolution of our efforts to share online safety and security messages with the people of the Pacific,” added Thornton.
The Get Safe Online websites provide simple, helpful tips on a wide range of online security issues.
The nine Pacific island websites have been extremely popular and are visited by a wide range of users– from business owners to students and fishermen.
The launch is supported by the British High Commissions in each country.