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  • Web Rangers empowering young people!

    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.

    The online space has become a tool that young people use to gain knowledge, access to educational content and keep themselves entertained. However there are dangers that comes with it and that’s why we have a programme like Web Rangers.

    Phakamile Khumalo, the Public and Media Skills Development Manager at Media Monitoring Africa was excited to announce, “Web Rangers is online! Going online is our response to the pandemic, by changing our approach to training, while still maintaining our reputation of being the leading digital and media literacy initiative in the country that is supported by government, business and civil society”.

    During 2020 , the Web Rangers South Africa programme welcomed over a hundred learners from all over South Africa. MMA held a very inspiring Web Rangers Awards Ceremony to thank all learners that participated and announce the winners of the various categories.

    Nomonde Gongxeka-Seopa, Head of Public Policy at Facebook embraced the 2020 Web Rangers for managing to finish up the programme through the difficult year, “this is a great milestone, you adapted and survived 2020 especially with Covid-19 and this means you can survive anything.” 

    She further said, “what’s more encouraging is you had to add in your plate by participating in this exciting programme which came with huge responsibilities.” She highlighted how awesome the Web Rangers programme is as it contributes to one of their key concerns that is to keep the online space safe. 

    The Web Rangers ambassadors were given a chance to share their journey and experiences they had during the programme;

    “I’ve never imagined that joining Web Rangers would be so amazing, I saw this as an opportunity to learn more and I just took it. ” said Leonah Miniyothabo. She further spoke about how the entire journey made her learn how to treat open online. 

    Kabir Budlender spoke about what it meant for him to be a Web Ranger, “Web Rangers is an amazing programme, I loved every minute of it. For me it’s fun, informative and inspiring, all of us share a common passion that is to learn and help others learn about the Internet.

    He further highlighted how he was able to transfer the information he learned throughout the programme to his friends and other people who may need it.

    “Being a Web Ranger has been an eye opening journey, it has shown me different sides of the Internet I didn’t even know existed. Seeing that the world is becoming more industrialised, we will be using the Internet a lot.” said Yoliswa Mkehli.

    She emphasised on the way the programme equipped her with thrilling skills like being a good digital citizen, fighting disinformation, identifying and reporting cyber-bullying and also how to be safe in the online world.

    She further gave advice to the upcoming 2021 Web Rangers, saying that “future Web Rangers should dedicate themselves to the programme and manage their time to do the training and remember to share information with others.”

    The open day is to be held in February 2021 , and promises to be an action-packed and fun-filled event. Web Rangers SA is excited to welcome the new 2021 Web Rangers and looking forward to making the internet a safer place for children.

    To learn more about this awesome programme visit: www.webrangers.co.za

    For inquires email: www.webrangers.gmail.com

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  • Web Rangers 2021!

    Dear Web Ranger

    MMA, Facebook, Google SA, Film and Publication Board (FPB), MTN, DTPS and Diana Schwarz Attorneys are excited to offer you a spot in the Web Rangers Programme. 

    Before you register, please read the following terms and conditions that will help you figure out if you qualify to be part of the Web Rangers Programme. 

    Entry into the programme:

    1. The Web Rangers programme is open to all South African school learners aged between the ages of 12-17 years old. 
    2. Learners doing matric in 2021 will not be accepted.
    3. In order to participate in the programme, learners’ parents/guardians must give permission/consent for learners to form part of the programme. 
    4. Only one submission per learner is allowed.
    5. Learners who have already been trained as Web Rangers can not re-apply for the programme.
    6. At the time of submission, each learner must: (i) be a South Afrcian citizen/legal resident (ii) be enrolled in a School in South Africa and be of the ages 12-17 years old; (iii) have obtained his or her parents’ or legal guardians’ permission and have agreed to be bound by these Rules.
    7. The opening date for receipt of entries from learners is between 1 January 2021, and the closing date for receipt of entries by 30 January 2021, midnight South African Time.
    8. MMA and partners are not responsible for illegible or incorrectly submitted entries.
    9. Entries received without a completed Entry Form or without a parent’s or legal guardian’s details will be disqualified.   

    Participation ( code of conduct): 

    1. Learners are expected to attend all training sessions and carry out all programme related activities. Should a learner not complete parts of their online training or not attend Telegram meetings within a 3 week period, MMA and partners have the right to expel that learner from the programme.
    2. Learners are responsible for upholding their own behavior and that of their peers while online carrying out Web Ranger related activities, and are therefore expected to report misconduct, or any suspicion thereof, of any kind immediately to their direct superior. Should a learner be found to be involved in any misconduct, MMA and partners have the right to expel that learner from the programme.

    *MMA and partners reserves the right to respond as it deems appropriate to action which breaches the Code of Conduct. Possible responses include immediate expulsion from Web Rangers Programme and being reported to your school/third party institution. 

    The Campaign competition: 

    1. As part of the Web Rangers programme, all learners are expected to take part in the campaign competition.The campaign video must relate to the three themes:
    • Fighting Disinformation 
    • Children use the internet to make SA a better place
    • Creating a safer online space for all
    1. Should a learner drop out of the programme or be expelled by MMA and partners, they forfeit their right to participate in the competition and any prize awarded. 
    2. The competition due date will be announced. 
    3. The campaign video must not be derogatory, offensive, threatening, defamatory, or contain any content that is inappropriate, sexual, profane, discriminatory in any way, or that promotes hatred or harm against any group or person, or otherwise does not comply with the themes outlined above, as well as the values of the programme.
    4. The campaign video must be the original, unpublished works of the learner/learners that does not contain, incorporate or otherwise use any content, material or element that is owned by a third party or entity.
    5. The campaign video must not include any slogan, advertising and promotional material that goes against the values of the programme and supporting partners. 
    6. MMA and partners’ will form part of the judging panel and the decision to award a learner will be based on the Web Rangers criteria. This decision is final. 
    7. There is no cash alternative and the prize must be taken as offered.

    *MMA reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any entrant who submits a campaign video that does not meet the campaign requirements

    Media Release Waiver: 

    Media Monitoring Africa, its staff, volunteers and partners reserves the right  to take and use photographs/digital images, videotape, audio recording or quoted remarks from all learners that take part in the programme for use in promotional or educational materials such as printed publications or materials, electronic publications or presentations and web sites. 

    If you have any questions, contact us on webrangersSA@gmail.com/ or send us a message here Contact Us

    We look forward to having you as part of the 2021 Web Rangers programme.  

    Web rangers team

    YOU CAN ENTER HERE!

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  • Web Rangers 2020 has officially kick started!

    Media Monitoring Africa (MMA), together with the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies (DCDT), Google, Facebook, the Film Publication Board (FPB), MTN and Diana Schwarz Attorneys hosted their first Open Day webinar to officially launch their 2020.

    Web Rangers Programme. The webinar took place on 4th September 2020.
    The Web Rangers had the opportunity to hear from the Deputy Minister in the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies, the honourable Ms Pinky Kekana, who gave a keynote speech and encouraged our new Web Rangers to carry on leading the discussion on child online safety.

    Phakamile Khumalo, national coordinator for the Web Rangers programme in South Africa also congratulated Web Rangers for being selected and commanded them for wanting to become active digital citizens that use the internet responsibility and encourage their peers to do so. Web Rangers was launched in South Africa in 2016 with the aim to improve young people’s digital literacy skills and empower them to take ownership of their own digital footprints. The Programme is now offered as an online course, enabling all South African children between the ages of 12-17 years old the opportunity to be trained as a Web Ranger from the comfort of their homes, through online training. 

    “Going online is our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, by changing our approach to training, while still maintaining our reputation of being the leading digital and media literacy initiative in the country that is supported by government, business and civil society. By implementing the programme online, we not only deal with the new reality but also design a programme that can be scaled and work for a new reality,” stated Phakamile.  

    To keep up with what Web Rangers are doing, follow their work on Twitter
    @MediaMattersZA, webrangers.co.za, on Instagram @webrangersza and Facebook, webrangersSA.

    For more info on this event or to find out more about Web Rangers, you can contact our
    national coordinator Phakamile Khumalo on email phakamilek@mma.org.za

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  • Web Rangers SA 2020!!

    Dear 2020 Web Ranger

    MMA, Facebook, Google SA, Film and Publication Board (FPB), MTN, DTPS and Diana Schwarz Attorneys are excited to offer you a spot in the 2020 Web Rangers Programme.
    Before you register, please read the following terms and conditions that will help you figure out if you qualify to be part of the 2020 Web Rangers Programme.

    Entry into the programme:

    1. The Web Rangers programme is open to all South African school learners aged between the
      ages of 12-17 years old.
    2. In order to participate in the programme, learners’ parents/guardians must give
      permission/consent for learners to form part of the programme.
    3. Only one submission per learner is allowed.
    4. Learners who have already been trained as Web Rangers can not re-apply for the 2020 intake.
    5. At the time of submission, each learner must: (i) be a South Afrcian citizen/legal resident (ii) be
      enrolled in a School in South Africa and be of the ages 12-17 years old; (iii) have obtained his or
      her parents’ or legal guardians’ permission and have agreed to be bound by these Rules.
    6. The opening date for receipt of entries from learners is between 1 August 2020, and the closing date for receipt of entries by 30 August 2020, midnight South African Time.
    7. MMA and partners are not responsible for illegible or incorrectly submitted entries.
    8. Entries received without a completed Entry Form or without a parent’s or legal guardian’s details will be disqualified

    Participation (code of conduct):

    1. Learners are expected to attend all training sessions and carry out all programme related activities. Should a learner not complete parts of their online training or not attend WhatsApp meetings within a 3 week period, MMA and partners have the right to expel that learner from the programme.

    2. Learners are responsible for upholding their own behaviour and that of their peers while online carrying out Web Ranger related activities, and are therefore expected to report misconduct, or any suspicion thereof, of any kind immediately to their direct superior. Should a learner be found to be involved in any misconduct, MMA and partners have the right to expel that learner from the programme.

    *MMA and partners reserves the right to respond as it deems appropriate to action which breaches the Code of Conduct. Possible responses include immediate expulsion from Web Rangers Programme and being reported to your school/third party institution.

    The Campaign competition:

    1. As part of the Web Rangers programme, all learners are expected to take part in the campaign competition.The campaign video must relate to the three themes:
      • –  Fighting Disinformation
      • –  Children use the internet to make SA a better place
      • –  Creating a safer online space for all
    2. Should a learner drop out of the programme or be expelled by MMA and partners, they forfeit their right to participate in the competition and any prize awarded.
    3. The competition due date will be announced in September 2020.
    4. The campaign video must not be derogatory, offensive, threatening, defamatory, or contain any content that is inappropriate, sexual, profane, discriminatory in any way, or that promotes hatred or harm against any group or person, or otherwise does not comply with the themes outlined above, as well as the values of the programme.
    5. The campaign video must be the original, unpublished works of the learner/learners that does not contain, incorporate or otherwise use any content, material or element that is owned by a third party or entity.
    6. The campaign video must not include any slogan, advertising and promotional material that goes against the values of the programme and supporting partners.
    7. MMA and partners’ will form part of the judging panel and the decision to award a learner will be based on the Web Rangers criteria. This decision is final.
    8. There is no cash alternative and the prize must be taken as offered​.

    *MMA reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any entrant who submits
    a campaign video that does not meet the campaign requirements
    .

    Media Release Waiver:

    Media Monitoring Africa, its staff, volunteers and partners reserves the right to take and use photographs/digital images, videotape, audio recording or quoted remarks from all learners that take part in the programme for use in promotional or educational materials such as printed publications or materials, electronic publications or presentations and web sites.

    If you have any questions, contact us on ​webrangersZA@gmail.com ​or send us a message here ​Contact Us

    The entry form is available here!!

    We look forward to having you as part of the 2020 Web Rangers programme.

    Web rangers team

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  • Child Protection Week 2020!

    To commemorate National Child Protection Week, Media Monitoring Africa (MMA), together with the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies (DCDT), Google, Facebook, the Film Publication Board (FPB), Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA), MTN and Diana Schwarz Attorneys hosted their first webinar together with Web Rangers, under the overarching national theme – “Let us all Protect Children, During Covid-19 and Beyond”

    As the country gears up to move to level 3 of the national lockdown – children are still among the groups of people whose activities are still very limited by the regulations. As a result, children are turning to social media for both online schooling and play, and oftentimes without the necessary digital literacy skills to successfully navigate the internet.

    For Child Protection Week, Web Rangers hosted a webinar that focused on 3 child online safety issues – that they believe cannot be left out of the online safety discussion, especially during this time of COVID-19.

    The 3 themes are:
    –  Access to devices and data, alongside digital literacy skills, tools and resources so that youth become active digital citizens
    –  Participation of children in leading policies/discussions related to child online safety
    –  Digital literacy for parents/guardians

    They also got an opportunity to ask some tough questions to government, business and civil society about their contribution in ensuring child online safety beyond Child Protection Week.

    Phakamile Khumalo, national coordinator for the Web Rangers programme in South Africa congratulated Web Rangers on their efforts in providing a platform for other children to engage with important industry stakeholders and voice their concerns around child online safety amidst COVID-19.

    Web Rangers was launched in South Africa in 2016 with the aim to improve young people’s digital literacy skills and empower them to take ownership of their own digital footprints. In 2020, the programme will be adapted to be implemented digitally – meaning that we will reach a greater scale and have greater impact on more children.

    To keep up with what Web Rangers are doing, follow their work on Twitter @MediaMatters, webrangers.co.za, on Instagram @webrangersza and Facebook webrangersSA

    For more info on this event or to find out more about Web Rangers, you can contact our national coordinator Phakamile Khumalo on email phakamilek@mma.org.za

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  • Invite: Web Rangers hold the powerful to account on child online safety!

    With COVID-19 regulations enforcing physical distancing and limited activity outside our homes – children are turning to social media for both online schooling and play, and oftentimes without the necessary digital literacy skills to successfully navigate the internet.

    Join us during Child Protection Week as Web Rangers highlight some important issues that they believe can not be left out of the child online safety discussion, especially during this time of COVID-19. They will also ask some tough questions to the government, business and civil society about their contribution in ensuring child online safety beyond Child Protection Week!

    Date: 1 June 2020

    Time: 14:00 pm 

    RSVP here: www.childprotectionweek.splashthat.com

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  • The 2020 Web Rangers programme!

    The 2020 Web Rangers programme started with the successful launch of the 2020 Web Rangers Programme, on Safer Internet Day (SID), 11 February 2020. The programme was launched in Rustenburg, bringing together civil society, children, educators, government and the private sector to promote online safety and positive use of the internet, in line with the 2020 theme for SID. 

    20 of our 2019 Web Rangers Alumni attended the event and were also provided with an opportunity to launch the 2020 programme together with the programme coordinator Phakamile Khumalo. They also shared some of their knowledge on staying safe online. They also gave tips on how their peers can use similar platforms to engage others on digital literacy. 

    Due to the worldwide COVID- 19 pandemic, Web Ranger workshops and activities have been postponed. However, we are still active on social media and continue to lead important discussion around digital literacy.

    Here are just some of the videos showcasing our work around disinformation.

    1. https://youtu.be/bcqfRLa6wOc

    2. https://youtu.be/ImTKo7Kk1p8

    3. https://youtu.be/KqHO4AYsPEI

    4. https://youtu.be/lyOWtOuLju0

    5. https://youtu.be/MnLsMgFK3-8

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  • Web Ranger 2019 activities

    Reflections from the coordinator:

    We started this incredible journey with the first set of Web Rangers in July 2016. It was all new to us as partners but also first if its kind for many of the young people we recruited.  Together we had big plans and even bigger lessons to learn. With limited resources we were able to offer our Web Rangers only one training workshop and site visit along with remote support. Despite this, our 2016 Web Ranger ambassadors produced some of the most incredible campaigns that still stand out today. It was clear that this was going to be a success. Today we have almost doubled our funding through the diverse partners we have managed to secure. This has enabled us to expand our reach and impact more young people across South Africa. We have also standardised our training by building a structured curriculum that guides all our teachings, added another training workshop that focuses on building successful online safety campaigns that empower our Web Rangers in their advocacy work. We have also committed to involving our Web Rangers in outreach activities and providing them the opportunity to engage meaningfully and critically in discussions around policy formulation, policy regulation, freedom of speech, access and internet governance.

    Since 2016, the programme has trained over 850 young people. Very few youth lead programmes have seen this kind of progress and success that we have seen to date. The last four years has shown us that when young people are empowered to participate on issues that affect them, they are able to come together, lead an initiative and bring about positive change.  

    “What I’ve learnt from being a Web Ranger is being safe online, protecting people and being a loyal cyber citizen”

    Quote from Web Ranger from Madibane High School

    Summary of 2019 programme activities: 

    Through the 2019 Web Rangers programme, MMA and partners successfully recruited, trained and supported 239 Web Rangers  from 25 schools across three provinces. Web Rangers activities included workshops, school support visits, outreach as well as hands on experience of creating innovative campaigns that promote safe internet usage and champion their rights in the digital world. 

    “I’ve learned ways to surf the web without costing my own safety. I’ve also learned actions I should take when under cyber problems. The programme has also given me advice on different cyberspace, knowledge on the internet, cyber rights etc”

     Troyeville” Troyeville Primary School

    Recruitment and training: 

    239 youth recruited and trained as part of 2019 Programme through selected schools.

    In Gauteng we trained 143 

    North West 37 ( high school intake)

    Western Cape 59 ( primary school intake)

    Reaching more people through outreach

    The 2019 activities started off with the successful launch of the 2019 Web Rangers Programme, on Safer Internet Day (SID), 05 February 2019. The programme was launched in Bloemfontein, bringing together civil society, children, educators, government and the private sector to promote online safety and positive use of the internet, in line with the 2019 theme for SID. 

    Two of our 2018 Web Rangers Alumni attend the event and were also provided with an opportunity to be part of a youth focused panel discussion, where they shared some of their knowledge on staying safe online. They also gave tips on how their peers can use similar platforms to engage others on digital literacy. 

    Post training, Web Rangers were given the opportunity to present the programme at their school assembly.  On average each Web Rangers noted that they reached direct and indirect beneficiaries of 5 other people( these included their friends, school mates and family members). Therefore the overall reach is estimated to be 1195. 

    A total of 24 campaigns were received out of a total of 25 schools that participated in the 2019 Web Rangers programme from all three provinces. According to the adjudicators, 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.”

    Gauteng:

    High School group:

    Khuto – Tharo Secondary School – please find their video here .  

    Primary school group:

    Park Senior Primary School – please find their video here

    North West:

    High school group:

    Johanne Mokolebetsi Secondary School – please find their video here

    Western Cape:

    Primary School group: 

    St James Primary School – please find their video here

    The Web Rangers programme hosted their first outreach of the year in Limpopo from 10 July 2019 – 12 July 2019 in partnership with the Catholic Institute of Education (CIE). The outreach took place at Pax College Secondary School in Limpopo. Learners from Sekgopetjana Secondary school and Pax College attended the training. The goal with this outreach was to ensure accessibility of the Web Rangers content to a larger audience outside of the programme nationally. Therefore more young people will be able to access, learn and engage with the programme on a continuous basis with little or fewer resources. The purpose of engaging the school in a three-day outreach was to ensure that there is a transfer of critical digital literacy skills to the entire school( by targeting 10 Web Rangers who will be custodians of the programme, as well as teachers who will ensure programme sustainability by incorporating it into their classroom activities).

    Please click here for more details on the outreach. 

    Building important partnerships:  

    The Media Development and Diversity Agency ( MDDA) have on board as formal partners and have initiated financial support. 

    We have implemented the programme in 10 CIE schools between North West and Western Cape and continue to partner with the CIE on several online safety initiatives.  

    Web Ranger and policy work

    To commemorate National Child Protection Week, Gauteng based Web Rangers together with programme partners hosted their first ever breakfast roundtable with Web Rangers school principals and industry experts. The event took place at Google offices in Johannesburg on the 28th of May 2019.

    This event brought together government departments, programme partners, and child online safety experts to engage with Web Ranger Gauteng based schools on how they can create and incorporate child friendly social media ethical guidelines in their existing school code of conducts as a tool to effectively deal with child online safety issues within schools. 

    The 2019 Web Rangers got the opportunity to speak to guests about why it was important for them to commemorate this important week by bringing together various stakeholders to talk about their collective role in ensuring that learners become active digital citizens who use the internet safely and responsibly. 

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    On 31 August 2019, 32 Web Rangers put forward a submission to the the South African Law Reform Commission (SALRC), in an effort to respond to the Sexual Offences: Pornography and Children Discussion Paper. They commented on some of the themes covered in the discussion paper, especially those relating to children, the internet (social media) and online safety. Please find the full submission here

    Some of the exciting events that our Web Rangers were art off in 2019:

    Web Rangers Africa Summit  – 21-23 November 2019

    Web Rangers take on IGF: 25-29 November 2019

    16 Days of Activism awareness – 25 November 2019 – 10 December 2019

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