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Annual Child Online Protection Partnership Workshop Southern Sun Newlands 07 – 08 December 2015

 

Annual Child Online Protection Partnership Workshop

DICAG was a participant in the first of its kind in South Africa, a National Strategy addressing the needs of the most vulnerable group in our society, our children in the Information Communication Technology (ITC) sector.  This strategy is a culmination of extensive consultation with stakeholders from across the country including Children’s Rights organizations, ICT focused on Children’s Organizations of which there is only a few in our country.

    The presentation outline on the Child Empowerment and ICT Strategy was as follow:

  • Purpose
  • Strategy development approach
  • Legislative and Policy Framework informing the strategy
  • Summary of the environment san findings
  • Target Groups
  • Priorities of the strategy
  • Facilitation and implementation process
  • What support is expected from the external stakeholder going forward?

More information regarding this subject can be found on our website.

 

 

                                

 

 

 

 

  

 

 


Disability Rights Awareness Month 2015:  3 November - 3 December 2015

 

 The Western Cape Network on Disability with affiliated stakeholders from the Disability Sector Jointly with the City of Cape TownEarly Childhood Directorate will be hosting the International Day for Persons with Disabilities, to celebrate Disability Month on the 3rd December 2015 @ the Cape Town Athletic Stadium (Western Forecourt).

Theme: “Inclusion matters: access and empowerment of people of all abilities”.

Arrival and Registration will be from 08h00, the programme Manager is Ms. Lorraine Frost. The Mayor Committee member, Ms Suzette Little, Portfolio Committee Chair Ms Raelene Arendse and The Network Chairperson Mr. Vincent Daniels will address the sector. 

Radio interviews will take place on Bush Radio, CCFM and Voice of the Cape, whereby we will use these platforms/slots to raise awareness and sensitise our communities around Disability and the importance of Inclusion.

There will be great entertainment by the Athlone School for the blind, singing and wheelchair dancing and fun for both Adults and Children.

We will have some activity stations including:

  • Children’s entertainment station
  • Technology station – Displays of communication devices, mobility technologies, alternative supportive therapies
  • Jobs dialect, learnership , entrepreneurship display station
  • Wellness/outreach seating clinic station
  • Sports activities
  • HIV / TB testing
  • Disaster Risk Management – Fire engine display and interaction

Transport is provided for the participants that require transportation. We are expecting approximately 1300 persons with disabilities including the affiliated members of the Network from which DICAG is apart off to attend the commemorative Event.Breakfast will be served on arrival and later a lunch at 1 pm to 2pm and then departure to their respective venues. 


Annual Child Online Protection Partnership Workshop Southern Sun Newlands 07 – 08 December 2015

DICAG was a participant in the first of its kind in South Africa, a National Strategy addressing the needs of the most vulnerable group in our society, our children in the Information Communication Technology (ITC) sector.  This strategy is a culmination of extensive consultation with stakeholders from across the country including Children’s Rights organizations, ICT focused on Children’s Organizations of which there is only a few in our country.

 The presentation outline on the Child Empowerment and ICT Strategy was as follow:

  • Purpose of the strategy
  • Strategy development approach
  • Legislative framework informing the strategy
  • Summary of the environment scan findings
  • Target group
  • Priorities of the strategy
  • Facilitation and implementation process

  Purpose

The key objective of the Strategy is to discuss matters pertaining to children and ICTs at national, continental and international level and how government , NGO’s and industry can collaborate on promoting positive participation of children in the ITC environment as contributors producers or consumers.

Strategy development approach

  • Environment scan conducted and report developed
  • Analysis of the scan report and draft strategy developed
  • Consultations
  • Submission to the DOC Top Management
  • Approval by the EXCO
  • Officially launched by the Deputy Minister in Aug 2015

Legislative and Policy Framework informing the strategy

  • The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 (Act 108  of 1996)
  • The UN Millennium Declaration and its Development Goals
  • Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • Africa Charter on the Rights of the Child
  • Amended Children’s Act.
  • Electronic Communications Transactions Act.
  • Film and Publications Act
  • The national Youth Policy

  Summary of the environment san findings

  • There is no coherent Strategy towards achieving Children’s empower in the ICT sector.
  • There is a number of ad hoc uncoordinated programs that specifically focuses  on children epowerment in  the Department and the State Owned Enterprises but, very few initiatives or strategies that aims at transforming the way in which the Department and its State Owned Enterprises do business.
  • That all programs aimed at children should be child friendly and have a deliberate intention to Empower whilst recognizing the fact that due to the history of South Africa there is a specific need to put additional focus on the development and empowerment of the child.
  • That there is a need to manage the unintended consequences of ICTs on children such as the pornographic websites not being monitored for access by children, children using the cell phones to record each other and sending these images around, convergence of technology creating enabling platforms for viewing of inappropriate material by children such as watching pornographic movies on their cell phones. 
  • Rules for different service providers not aligned in terms mobile operators, Internet Service Providers (ISP),broadcasters being regulated differently in terms of content distribution.
  • Children’s programs aired at inappropriate times e.g. when children are at school, therefore difficult for Children to participate in these.
  • Poor coordination and inadequate implementation of programs, policies and strategies that could benefit
  • Poor institutional mechanism to facilitate integration of children’s empowerment in the ICT Sector.
  • Uncoordinated participants and influence of international agenda related to children and ICTs.
  • Poor monitoring and evaluation on the impact of programs due to lack of indicators and standards.
  • That there is no coherent Strategy in place that promotes child participation and a child centre approachto the work of the Department and its State Owned Enterprises and this is a banner in terms of ascertaining the real needs of children and hence the Department and the SoEs are unable to respond appropriately

  Target Groups

 The strategy will prioritize the following grouping of children:

  • Children from rural areas.
  • Children with disabilities
  • The girl child
  • Children in ECD and Child Care Centres
  • Children at risk

Priorities of the strategy

The strategy currently has the following priority areas:

  • Policy and Regulation Impact
  • Child Online Protection and Victim Support
  • Cyber Bullying and Sexting
  • Promotion of Digital Citizenship
  • e-Education
  • Managing the Unintended Consequences of ICTs on Children
  • Digital Awareness

Facilitation and implementation process

  • Development of the Implementation  Plan
  • Marketing and Communication Plan
  • Monitoring and evaluation Framework

What support is expected from the external stakeholder going forward?

  • An invitation to support the GDYC Chief Directorate in the implementation of the strategy
  • To assist in raising awareness of the strategy as well as in linking the GDYC Unit with sector organizations nterested in promoting child protection and empowerment.

 

The presentation outline on the e-Parenting Programme Concept is as follows:

  1. Introduction
  2. Discussion
  3. Programme objectives
  4. Target group
  5. Implementation
  6. Tracking, monitoring and Evaluation

 Introduction

 The dawn of the Digital Age and emergence of the Knowledge Economy has presented two forms of challenges;

  1. Those related to access, uptake and usage of ICTs
  2. Unintended consequences of ICTs

Discussion

  1. The department took a decision that the development of the e-Parenting Programme be progressive and incremental in approach.
  2. The programme will be housed under the comprehensive Child Online Protection Programme.

Programme Objectives

  1. Increased Parent’s awareness and appreciation of the developmental aspects of ICTs.
  2. Raise parents awareness of potential dangers and ills their children may be exposed online
  3. To promote and coordinate exiting e-parenting initiatives.
  4. To develop and promote e-recourses for parents.
  5. To promote parenting that provides for children self-determination and protects their privacy.
  6. To empower parents to report undesirable activities online

  Target Group

  Definition of parents includes biological parents as well as the ff;

  • Foster-care parents
  • Guardians/care givers
  • Teen and young parents and those heading households
  • Grandparents

Target group cntd

  • The programme targets all interested parents and parents organizations
  • For developmental programmes, parents and organizations from rural and poor communities will be prioritized.

Implementation

Implementation will be in the following segments:

  1. Information, Coordination and Communication Platforms
  2. Specific Interventions towards supporting parents to combat unintended consequences of technology
  3. Specific interventions to support Positive Parenting through technology.

 Implementation elaborated (1)

 Information, coordination and Communication Platforms

  1. Information gathering on programmes, services and organizations
  2. e-Parenting
  3. Research and Development
  4. International Knowledge Exchange Platforms

Implementation elaborated (2)

Specific intervention towards supporting parents to combat unintended consequences of technology

  1. Impact of exposure by children to inappropriate materials
  2.  Cyber bullying
  3. Sexting
  4. Low levels of Parents’ e-litracy

 Implementation elaborated (3)

Specific interventions to support Positive Parenting through technology

  1. Schools support programme
  2. Strengthening of families ties
  3. Promotion of the use of location-based technology applications
  4. Assistive technologies for parents with children with disabilities.
  5.  Achieving a balance between child monitoring and child’s privacy.

Tracking, Monitoring and Evaluation

The e-Parenting Progarmme will be implemented through the development of annual implementation plans together with the stakeholders.

 The following platforms will be used annual back:

  1. The gender, Disability, Youth and Children Forum
  2. e-Parenting
  3. Annual COP Partnership planning, coordination and reporting Working

 Here are contact details should more information be needed on the particular subject:

      Chief Director  : GDYC

      Telephone       : 012 427 8112

      Email             : plinders@dtps.gov.za

     Or

     Mr. Bhekisisa Ngcobo

     Director  : Youth and Children

     Tell        : 012 427 8044

     Email    : bngcobo@dtps.gov.za 

      

 Or contact DICAG which is one of the stakeholders on info@dicag.co.za

 

 


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DICAG would like to thank Nomasonto Mkhonza for representing the organisation and enlightening South Africa regarding your achievements as a parent of a child with a disability. As a Parent organisation DICAG, Ms Mkhonza we are extremely proud of you. From the National Office (Sandra Ambrose) we salute you for the work you have done for the organisation. Thank You
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