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Staying safe on the net

The I-CAN Centre, in partnership with Media Monitoring Africa, celebrated Safer Internet Day on Tuesday 6 February at the Sport Science Centre in Newlands.

Eighty learners from primary and high schools within the Elsies River area were afforded the opportunity to be transported to the event.

Safer Internet Day aims to raise awareness of emerging online issues and encourages everyone to use the internet in a safer and more responsible fashion.

“Launched in 2004, Safer Internet Day is celebrated annually on the second day of the second week of the second month.

The project was originally an initiative of the EU Safe Borders Project and is celebrated in 130 countries around the globe,” says Llewellyn Scholtz, centre manager of the I-CAN Centre and executive director of G-CITI Campus.

According to Scholtz, this year’s theme of “Create, connect and share respect: A better internet starts with you” is a call to action for every learner, stakeholder, teacher and parent to play their part in creating a better internet for everyone, but especially for the younger users.

“The I-CAN Centre celebrated not only Safer Internet Day, but also the launch of the pilot project Web Rangers at Newlands, in conjunction with Media Monitoring Africa and with funding from Google SA and the Film and Publication Board.

“This is a digital literacy programme designed to allow young people to gain critical skills and knowledge around online safety, promoting safe internet usage and championing 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.”

Scholtz also indicates that cyberbullying and cyberstalking have become growing concerns for parents, teachers and principals.

The Web Rangers Project, which will run from April to August at the I-CAN Centre, will address these issues in a positive way.

“Fifty learners between the ages of 12 and 17 will be invited to attend the programme, which will be concluded with a competition in August whereby the youth will showcase online campaigns created to address cyber issues.”

The I-CAN Centre is located at 268 Halt Road, Elsies River.

For more information, contact Lincoln Cupido on 021 202 0596 or email reception@g-citi.org

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