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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.

 

 

                                

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

The Committee on Rights of the Child (CRC) will hold its 73rd Pre-Seasonal Working Group from 1 – 5 February 2016, at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, at Palais des Nations, Geneva.

Child Rights Connect is an international network of NGOs that advocates for children’s enjoyment of their and empowers children’s rights defenders, including children, NGOs, NHRIs, and Ombudspersons, to engage effectively with the Committee on the Rights of the Child. To ensure that children’s rights defenders are represented at each country pre-session of the Committee.

Representatives of non-governmental organisations are invited to attend.

Mrs. Sandra Ambrose who is a mother of a disabled child herself and the National Coordinator OF DICAG will chaperone Jenna Jaggers who is representing DICAG and Amkela Nosipiwo Ndaba who is representing Molo Songololo Child’s Forum.  

 

Mothers Changing The World

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

DSD is currently rolling out workshops to empower Social Workers, parents and care-givers partly using the Sexual Abuse Empowerment of Victims (SAVE) approach. The workshop is being facilitated in collaboration with the Directorate Social Crime Prevention within DSD. The programme empowers intellectually disabled victims of sexual abuse and assist them by preparing them for court proceeding and to ensure that the legal system understands their special needs. The parents of DICAG Western Cape will be participating in this training programme.

 

FOCUSSING ON TEENS WITH DISABILTIES
Gauteng has kicked of with a Gauteng-based teens with disability for a Yo-Tv episode during DRAM 2015. Yo-Tv plans to dedicate 
an episode during DRAM 2015 to focus on teens with disabilities which are often invisible, such as: teens with Intellectual Disability, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Dyslexia, ect. DICAG Gauteng has forwarded their nominees.
Disabled Children’s Action group (DICAG) Western Cape has also kicked of with a Disability Awareness Training with parents from the Sibongile Day Care Centre. Thank you to all the parents who dedicated their Saturday, and to Elise Van Der Mark and the school principal @ Sibongile. Thank you for the stunning work you do to create a better life for Children with Disability.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you would like to support us, kindly Click here for our 'DICAG Pledge For Support Form'. 
 
 

Child Rights Connect is an international network of NGOs that advocates for children’s enjoyment of their and empowers children’s rights defenders, including children, NGOs, NHRIs, and Ombudspersons, to engage effectively with the Committee on the Rights of the Child. To ensure that children’s rights defenders are represented at each country pre-session of the Committee.

Representatives of non-governmental organisations are invited to attend.

Mrs. Sandra Ambrose who is a mother of a disabled child herself and the National Coordinator OF DICAG will chaperone Jenna Jaggers who is representing DICAG and Amkela Nosipiwo Ndaba who is representing Molo Songololo Child’s Forum.  

 

Mothers Changing The World

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

DSD is currently rolling out workshops to empower Social Workers, parents and care-givers partly using the Sexual Abuse Empowerment of Victims (SAVE) approach. The workshop is being facilitated in collaboration with the Directorate Social Crime Prevention within DSD. The programme empowers intellectually disabled victims of sexual abuse and assist them by preparing them for court proceeding and to ensure that the legal system understands their special needs. The parents of DICAG Western Cape will be participating in this training programme.

 

FOCUSSING ON TEENS WITH DISABILTIES
Gauteng has kicked of with a Gauteng-based teens with disability for a Yo-Tv episode during DRAM 2015. Yo-Tv plans to dedicate 
an episode during DRAM 2015 to focus on teens with disabilities which are often invisible, such as: teens with Intellectual Disability, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Dyslexia, ect. DICAG Gauteng has forwarded their nominees.
Disabled Children’s Action group (DICAG) Western Cape has also kicked of with a Disability Awareness Training with parents from the Sibongile Day Care Centre. Thank you to all the parents who dedicated their Saturday, and to Elise Van Der Mark and the school principal @ Sibongile. Thank you for the stunning work you do to create a better life for Children with Disability.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you would like to support us, kindly Click here for our 'DICAG Pledge For Support Form'. 
 
 


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