Beyond 16 days…

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Is someone sending you nude pictures? Do you suspect that someone is trying to groom you? Are you being stalked on Facebook?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, you are not safe online. Someone might be violating your rights!

Really? What harm can come from a little innocent stalker fun? It could just be your school mate playing tricks on you, right?

But what if it’s actually someone you don’t know? How can you protect yourself and make it stop?

The internet is such a great tool. It connects us. It gives us a platform to voice our opinions, and it encourages creative expression. But this same internet can also be used by others to harm us!

Sadly, the internet and social media have a dark side – especially for young people. Every time you click on Facebook or WhatsApp, you face the risk of being cyber-bullied, or exposed to sexual and emotional abuse. It can happen any time of the day or night, and it limits your ability to use the internet to improve your life, and the lives of others.

But don’t freak out and start closing all your social media accounts.  Help is on the way – in the shape of Web Rangers!

Web Rangers are a bunch of cool awesome young people like you. They have been trained as online safety ambassadors, and they can show you how to use the internet responsibly to pursue your passions, hone your talents and develop new skills.

I bet you are dying to know how to connect with them so you can protect yourself online. Well, it’s your lucky day!

As part of the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children, Web Rangers and Lead SA will launch a series of social media posts created by Web Rangers to highlight the abuse and violence faced by young people online.

Under the theme #16PLUS, Web Rangers will develop 16 stories about cyber-bullying, grooming, and sexting: one story for each day of the campaign.

The #16PLUS initiative also invites YOU to tell your stories and share tips to help your friends stay safe – even after the 16 Days campaign is over.

To find out more about this exciting initiative – follow Webrangerslead on Instagram and Facebook: and join the conversation using #16Plus. For more information visit and

Web Rangers 2018 winners announced!

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Here are the winning videos:
High School Category:
Lakeside Secondary School


Primary School Category:
McAuley House Primary School


Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) are proud to announce Lakeside Secondary School and McAuley House Primary as the overall winners of the 2018 Web Rangers Digital Literacy Campaign competition in the high school and primary school categories. MMA made the announcement during an awards ceremony held at The Marks Park Sports Club in Johannesburg on 15 September 2018.

Web Rangers is an international programme implemented in various countries such as New Zealand, India, Nigeria and Kenya. In South Africa the initiative is led by MMA together with local partners, Google SA, Facebook, the Film Publication Board (FPB), MTN, Diana Schwarz Attorneys and the Department of Telecommunication and Postal Services (DTPS).Web Rangers encourages young people to champion safer internet behaviours within their schools and communities through the creation of innovative campaigns that promote their rights and active participation in the digital world.

This year the programme has trained 150 children in Johannesburg and 33 children in the Western Cape, on how to navigate and take advantage of the digital space. According to the Web Rangers Project coordinator, Phakamile Khumalo the theme for this year was centred on using the internet to create a better South Africa. “Being a Web Ranger ambassador is not only about being informed about online safety. We hope the Web Rangers will continue to work towards a national call to action to ensure that young people take charge of their knowledge and extend it to other younger people so they too can realise the potential of the internet when used responsibly.”

The Web Rangers campaigns submitted for this year’s competition was adjudicated by panel of judges including social media experts and children from MMA’s Children’s News Agency. According to Khumalo, both of the overall winning campaigns scored highly in terms of clear objectives, social impact and engaging content. “The campaigns showed a combination of technical skills and innovative and thinking in the execution of the campaign.”

Director at MMA, William Bird congratulated the winners, “not only have the winners shown great commitment to online safety and making SA a better place, they have also shone a bright light on the skills of our young people. Giving us hope for our future.”

For enquiries, please contact:
Phakamile Khumalo
Web Rangers coordinator
T: +27 (0)11 788 1278

2018 Web Rangers Activities

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2018 Web Rangers Activities:

During the month of May 2018 – June 2018, 195 young people (aged 12 – 17 years old) from Gauteng (162) and Western Cape (33) started their exciting journey into digital literacy and digital activism, by attending workshops where they learned about the opportunities that the internet offers young people as well as the measures they can take when society uses the Internet to harm them. They also gained critical skills in starting an online safety campaign within their schools and communities to drive internet safety. Guests got the first-hand experience from participating Web Rangers through song, play, and dance.

The different workshops were held on the 12 May, 19 May, 26 May & 2 June 2018 at McAuley House, Parktown West in Johannesburg and on the 26-27 June 2018 at the Interactive Community Access Network in the Western Cape.

Below are some of the exciting Web Ranger moments during all workshops: