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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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  • Beyond 16 days…


     

    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

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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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  • Web Rangers 2018 winners announced!

    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
    phakamilek@mma.org.za/ webrangerssa@gmail.co

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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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  • Web Rangers SA kick-starts training

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    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

    Phakamile Khumalo

    phakamilek@mma.org.za

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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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