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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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  • Web Rangers protecting children online

    To commemorate National Child Protection Week, Media Monitoring Africa (MMA), together with Department of Telecommunication and Postal Services (DTPS), Google, Facebook, the Film Publication Board (FPB), Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA), MTN and Diana Schwarz Attorneys hosted their first ever breakfast roundtable with Web Rangers, Web Rangers school principals and industry experts. The event took place at Google offices in Johannesburg on the 28th of May 2019.

    Web Rangers is an international digital and media literacy designed to empower young people with critical skills on how to use the internet and social media responsibly and confidently.

    In South Africa, the initiative is implemented by Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) together with partners, Film and Publications Board (FPB), Facebook, Google, Department of Telecommunication and Postal Services (DTPS), Media, Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA), MTN and Diana Schwarz Attorneys. The programme 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.

    To highlight the amazing work that the South African Web Rangers team have been doing since 2016, Web Rangers decided to commemorate National Child Protection Week by focusing their attention on the role of schools in keeping children safe online and what tools they can use to achieve this.

    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.

    Media Monitoring Africa Director William Bird gave a keynote speech on the important role that schools play in keeping their learners safe online.

    “We cannot talk about children without children. Technology has shifted everything and changed the way children are. If we don’t have them as central parts of everything we do, we are denying them their fundamental rights of participation”. – William Bird

    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.  

    Phakamile Khumalo, National Coordinator for the Web Rangers programme in South Africa congratulated Web Rangers on their efforts in making sure that their peers are safe online.

    “Over the last three years we have built a strong momentum with our Web Rangers and have really empowered our learners to speak on critical issues. Having our Web Rangers give input in policy discussions is the next natural step and they have done really well.”

    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 or call on 011 7881278.

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  • Pinky Kekana at Web Rangers: Equip children with digital literacy skills

    16 September 2018, The South African

    For the last three years, Media Monitoring Africa has been running the programme with the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services, the Film and Publications Board, Google, Facebook, and MTN.

    Read the full article.

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  • 2018 Web Rangers Activities

    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:

     

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  • MMA Launches Web Rangers 2018 on Safer Internet Day!

     

    Celebrate Safer Internet Day with MMA, Facebook, FPB, Google and partners

    Media Invitation

    Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) and partners invite media to celebrate Safer Internet Day (SID) on Tuesday, 06 February 2018 at Facebook in Johannesburg. SID aims to, “raise awareness of emerging online issues and chooses a topic reflecting current concerns.”

    Join us as we hear from children as well as representatives from leaders in the digital space such as Facebook on how South Africa can keep its children safe and in line with this year’s SID theme “Create, connect and share respect”.

    On the day, MMA will also launch its 2018 Web Rangers programme, which bring together civil society, children, educators, government and the private sector to promote online safety and positive use of the internet. Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) has partnered with Google, Film and Publications Board (FPB), Facebook, PPM Attorneys, MTN & Digital You on this unique programme where young people are champions of online safety and use their skills to make the world a better place through innovative campaigns.

    Selected schools from Johannesburg will participate in the celebrations by taking part in a range of activities aimed at highlighting digital safety.

    This event is by RSVP ONLY.  Contact details are provided below:

    2018 Safer Internet Day Celebrations

    Date: Tuesday, 06 February 2018.

    Venue: Facebook, Johannesburg (Details by RSVP)

    Time: 10:00 – 14:00

    To make a reservation please contact:

    Ayabulela Poro

    Head of Children’s Programme

    ayabulelap@mma.org.za

    OR

    Phakamile Khumalo

    Web Rangers Coordinator

    phakamilek@mma.org.za

    Media Monitoring Africa

    Tel: +2711 788 1278

     

     

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  • Web Rangers and Lead SA tackle abuse through Instagram!

    As part of the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children(25 November 2017 – 10 December 2017), Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) and Lead SA will launch a series of Instagram stories created by Web Rangers to highlight the abuse and violence faced by young people online.

    Web Rangers is a digital literacy programme comprised of children aged between 12 – 17 who champion issues of digital safety amongst their peers and through digital campaigns. These are centred on spreading awareness around protection from cyber-ills and positive use of the internet amongst others.

    As we all know, the internet & various social media platforms present many opportunities such as accessibility of information for all and have the potential to act as a platform for voicing one’s opinion, learning and addressing inequality. The sad reality is that with great potential comes great risk and especially for children.

    The dark side of the internet and social media is that it is less explicit, covert, harder to distinguish and can take place any minute. Every time a young person goes on Facebook or WhatsApp, they face the risk of being cyber-bullied or being exposed to sexual and inappropriate content which inhibits them from taking full advantage of the internet to better their lives and those of others.

    This year, the Web Rangers will raise their voices on Instagram and harness the potential of positive digital influence to spread awareness about what young people can do to protect themselves against cyberbullying, grooming, sexting etc.

    Phakamile Khumalo, Web Rangers Programme Coordinator in South Africa says, “This initiative works to educate youth about how to protect themselves from online violence, in a way that involves meaningful children’s participation and empowers them to act to stop the cycle of online abuse.”

    Under the theme of #16PLUS, the Web Rangers have developed 16 stories – each to be released every day of the 16 Days of Activism.

    The #16PLUS theme also encourages other young people to tell their stories and share their tips to help their peers stay safe even beyond the 16 Days campaign.

    To find out more about this exciting initiative – follow WebRangersLead on Instagram and join the conversation using #16Plus. For more information visit www.leadsa.co.za & www.webrangers.co.za

    For enquiries contact:

    Phakamile Khumalo

    Web Rangers Coordinator (MMA)

    Or Ayabulela Poro

    Head of Children’s Programme (MMA)

    011 788 1278 or e-mail phakamilek@mma.org.za/ayabulelap@mma.org.za

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  • The campaign winners are announced!

    2017 Web Rangers Award Ceremony – the campaign winners are announced!

    Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) is proud to announce Khutlo-Tharo Secondary School and Park Senior Primary as the overall winners of the 2017 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 Pyramid Conference and Venue Centre in Johannesburg on 23 September 2017.

    Web Rangers is an international programme implemented in various countries such as New Zealand, India and Kenya. In South Africa, the initiative is led by MMA in South Africa together with local partners, Google SA, Facebook, the Film Publication Board (FPB), MTN, PPM Attorneys and Digital You.

    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 160 children were recruited from 16 schools in Johannesburg and trained on how to navigate and take advantage of the digital space. According to the Web Rangers Project coordinator, 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 a 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.”

    Madibane Comprehensive High School came second and Thaba Jabula Secondary School’s campaign was awarded the third prize winner in the high school category. Both schools are based in Soweto. Parkhurst Primary was named runner-up in the Primary School Category.

    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.”

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  • Two Web Rangers off to the US!

    Nondumiso Shange and Keenan Adams, START PACKING THOSE BAGS! YOU GUYS ARE GOING TO San Francisco!

    Congratulations! You have been  selected to represent the 2016 South African Web Rangers at the Google Global Summit taking place in USA, Mountain View San Francisco. You TWO have been chosen because of the outstanding leadership potential you have demonstrated in the written motivation given to us as part of the competition. The International Web Rangers Summit will take place on 30 September 2016.You will traveling from the 29 September 2016 and returning on the 01 October 2016. With the gracious financial support of Google, this is offered to you as a fully paid for trip including flights, accommodation and all meals while in San Francisco. During the trip, you will join other Web Rangers from across the world to enjoy a unique learning experience.

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    The Google Global Summit took place on 30 September 2016. Here is an update on all the exciting things that happened:

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    The Web Rangers together with chaperones (Phakamile Khumalo from MMA and Takalani Muvhali from FPB) at the O.R Tambo Airport just before boarding!

    Web Rangers arrived at the Google offices in California to meet other Web Rangers from 14 countries across the world. The day was filled with excitement as Web Rangers got to interact with each other and discuss issues of Digital Literacy from across the world, drawing from each country’s experiences!

    The day started with an awesome intro by the Vice President of Global Policy at Google, Caroline Alkinson. She spoke about the importance of digital literacy in the 21st century and the role that Web Rangers play in bringing awareness around issues of internet safety.

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    The panel and  question and answer by student voice: Merit Jones, director of Partnerships, Andrew Brennen, national field director, Mohammed Mduko, student voice.  The discussion highlighted the different of using the internet to be the voice of change among the youth globally. The discussion is facilitated by Anne Collier, founder of iCanhelpline.org and Executive Director, The Net Safety Collaborative.

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    Storytelling session: Web Rangers tell their inspiring journeys as digital literacy ambassadors!

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    The Web Rangers ended the day with a mini tour at the Google offices!

     

     

     

     

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  • A logo is born

    Children from Park Senior, McCauley House and Kenilworth schools took part in various activities on Safer Internet Day, 9 Feb 2016. One of the activities was to design a concept that would become the Web Rangers South Africa logo.
    Each group produced amazing pieces of art that our designers turned into the Web Rangers logo you see below. It was exciting and encouraging to see the innovation and creativity shown by these young people and if this is an indication of things to come from the Web Rangers, we can look forward to seeing some very innovative campaigns from the South African programme.

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