About the Game

Digital Safetea is an interactive fiction game based on the stories of Goitse, Aisha, and Dami who are young women from across African countries. The game presents scenarios to learn about existing and emerging digital safety issues.

How to play

Read through the dialogue, use the blue back or forward arrows or click on the pink text bubble options to progress through the story. At the end of the story, you will have the option to download a certificate of completion.

What you need to do

Play the game, share the certificate on Twitter, and Tag #digitalsafetea

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