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: www.facebook.com/webrangersSA and join the conversation using #16Plus. For more information visit www.leadsa.co.za and www.webrangers.co.za
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:
Web Rangers coordinator
T: +27 (0)11 788 1278
Web Rangers SA’s training workshops started on a high note on 12 May 2018 at McAuley House Johannesburg. The digital literacy programme implemented by Media Monitoring Africa and supported by various partners aims to empower young people to gain critical skills and knowledge around online safety.
This year Web Rangers has recruited a total of 200 young people from various schools in Gauteng and will also pilot the programme in Cape Town by recruiting 50 pupils from the I-CAN Centre – a public access facility in the city.
According to the Web Rangers coordinator Phakamile Khumalo, the theme for this year is 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 young people so they too can realise the potential of the internet when used responsibly.”
Following the training workshops, the group will use their new skills and knowledge to create innovative campaigns that promote safe internet usage and champion their rights in the digital world. The programme has partnered with the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services, Google SA, Facebook, the Film Publication Board (FPB), MTN, PPM Attorneys and Digital You.
The first training workshop educated 130 pupils (between the ages of 13 to 17) from the Johannesburg group as part of a series of workshops to follow in the coming weeks. The group learnt about the benefits of the internet as well as protection from cyber-ills such as sexting, online grooming, cyber bulling etc.
“Parents need to think about their child’s safety online as well as offline” said the McCauley House Web Rangers team.
The children were then broken into groups where they used the knowledge they had gained during the workshop to prepare a performance to illustrate the different themes to their peers Two groups were awarded for best performance and received prices.
Web Rangers will finalise their initial workshops on 2 June. The learners will then commence working on their campaigns, with winners announces in August.
For questions comments and more details contact:
Web Rangers Project coordinator