What is Web Rangers?
Web Rangers is a digital literacy programme designed to allow young people to gain critical skills and knowledge around online safety that they use to create innovative campaigns that promote safe internet usage and champion their rights in the digital world. The programme is about creating young digital citizens who know how to use the internet responsibly and encourage their peers to do the same.
Programme objectives are to?
- Improve participants digital literacy skills.
- Create and promote awareness around safe and responsible internet usage.
- Empower participants to take ownership of their digital footprint.
- Empower participants to be in a position to take full advantage of the opportunities that the digital world has to offer in order to make South Africa a better place.
What makes Web Rangers different from other digital literacy programmes?
The Web Rangers’ programme puts the spotlight on young people and recognises them as key players in their safety in the digital world – Which makes it an exciting and unique project lead by young people for young people. It is an initiative that closes the gap between access to the internet and digital literacy, through a coordinated strategy to increase youth awareness and their capabilities when it comes to online safety and digital literacy. The Web Rangers programme, therefore, offers selected South African schools a unique opportunity to become champions of critical digital literacy skills necessary to navigate the complex and dynamic life of the 21st century.
Who is involved?
In South Africa, Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) is responsible for the implementation of the Web Rangers programme across South Africa with the generous help of various partners. Click on the partners pages to check out our awesome partners!
How it works?
- The programme is 9-month project
- MMA together with partners select schools in to participate in the project (using a criteria).
- From each school, 10 learners, aged between 12 and 17 years, are selected to represent their school in the project.
- The selected Web Rangers take part in a series of activities and workshops aimed at teaching them how to safely and confidently use the internet throughout the year. As part of the project, Web Rangers are expected to design a campaign that will promote safe, savvy, and ethical use of social media and the internet.
- At the end of the project, MMA together with the partners select the best campaigns and award prizes accordingly.
MMA and partners provides support to all participating schools in the form of school visits and further training workshops throughout the programme cycle.
Meet the Web Rangers Coordinator – Web Rangers’ ‘Go To Girl’