Google shares tools and knowledge about how to stay safe online with other companies, and works with individuals and website owners to help keep the web a safe place for everyone. We also work with experts on online security and family safety to help provide advice and resources for you and your family.
Childline is a non-profit organisation that works collectively to protect children from all forms of violence and to create a culture of children’s rights in South Africa. Childline’s national office achieves this through training and education; analysis of law and policy; lobbying and advocacy, as well as networking and coordination. The programmes that are delivered via Childline’s Provincial Offices include:
- Crisis Line
- Child Rights, Prevention & Education
- Training of Volunteers
- Training of other professionals who work in child protection and children
- Therapy for abused and traumatized children and their families
- Court preparation for child witnesses
- Networking & Coordination
- Programmes delivered through the national office
For more information, please see: www.childlinesa.org.za
The mandate of the Department of Communications (DoC) is derived from relevant Legislation, and is as follows: “To create a vibrant ICT sector that ensures that all South Africans have access to robust, reliable, affordable and secure ICT services in order to advance socio-economic development goals and support the African agenda and contribute to building a better world”. Consequently the core functions of the Department of Communications are:
- To develop ICT policies and legislation that create conditions for an accelerated and shared growth of the South African economy, which positively impacts on the well being of all our people and is sustainable;
- To ensure the development of robust, reliable, secure and affordable ICT infrastructure that supports and enables the provision of a multiplicity of applications and services to meet the needs of the country and its people;
- To contribute to the development of an inclusive information society which is aimed at establishing South Africa as an advanced information-based society in which information and ICT tools are key drivers of economic and societal development;
- To contribute to e-Skilling the nation for equitable prosperity and global competitiveness
- To strengthen the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), in order to enable it to regulate the sector in the public interest and ensure growth and stability in the sector;
- To enhance the capacity of, and exercise oversight over, State Owned Enterprises (SOE’s) as the delivery arms of government; and
- To fulfill South Africa’s continental and international responsibilities in the ICT field.
For more information about the DoC, please visit: www.doc.gov.za
The DWCPD is mandated to promote, facilitate, coordinate and monitor the realisation of the rights of women, children and people with disabilities. With regards to Children, the Department is charged with the responsibility to coordinate, facilitate and monitor the mainstreaming of the rights and well-being of children into government’s policies, programmes and governance processes. This is done through the development and promotion of the National Plan of Action for Children and annual advocacy campaigns in partnership with other stakeholders. The DWCPD further facilitates an integrated approach to the provision of capacity building and institutional support to enable key stakeholders in the sector to participate and contribute to the mainstreaming and monitoring of children’s rights. DWCPD reports periodically on the realisation of children’s rights nationally, regionally and internationally.
For more information about DWCPD visit: www.dwcpd.gov.za
The FPB’s vision is a “credible and visible content-classification authority”. The FPB’s mission is to regulate the media environment through the classification of content, by:
- Maintaining relevance to the values and norms of South African society through scientific research;
- Balancing the right to freedom of expression with an obligation to protect children from exposure to potentially disturbing, harmful and inappropriate materials; and
- Protect children from sexual exploitation in media content, in order to educate the broader South African society to make informed choices.
The Films and Publications Act as amended establishes the Film and Publication Board. The objectives of this Act are to (1) Regulate the creation, production, possession, and distribution of certain publications and certain films by means of classification, the imposition of age restrictions and giving of consumer advice and (2) Make exploitative use of children in pornographic publications, films or on the internet punishable.
For more information, please visit the FPB website: www.fpb.gov.za
Mxit is a FREE online instant messenger that runs on close to 3000 mobile handsets. Mxit also offers a wealth of entertainment and services such as multiplayer games, exchanging goods or buying music and video clips. Mxit takes the plight of online safety very seriously and endeavours to make every effort to protect its users from potential dangers; especially children.
Chat Zones contain built-in profanity filters, and “.rat” commands flag inappropriate behaviour to our support team who can react appropriately.
For more information, please visit: www.mxit.com
Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) is a Registered Non-Profit, Non-governmental Organisation (NGO) working in the area of media, human rights and democracy since 1993. Our vision is for a responsible media that enables an engaged and informed citizenry in Africa and across the world. MMA aims to promote the development of a free, fair, ethical and critical media culture in South Africa and the rest of the continent.
One of MMA’s core programme areas is focused on children and the media. The core aim of our children’s programme is to improve the portrayal and participation of children in the media. Our work in this regard focuses on giving children critical media literacy skills and engaging with media on personal, editorial as well as policy levels. We submit regular analyses to media and also carry out content analysis of media portrayal of children with children. More about this can be seen on their website: http://www.mediamonitoringafrica.org/index.php/children/
As children in South Africa get greater access to internet it is imperative that we are able to ensure they develop the necessary digital literacy skills not to only to ensure they stay safe and make safe choices but also to ensure they are able to make effective use of the internet.
Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund (Fund) was established in 1995, by the Former President of the Republic of South Africa, Nelson Mandela. The Fund is a development and advocacy organisation. The Fund envisions changing the way society treats its children and youth, by giving voice and dignity to the African Child.
Is it possible to have a world where children are not vulnerable but where they are safe, nurtured, their voices heard and they live with dignity? The Fund believes it is and wants to intensify its efforts to creating such a world. The Fund has also come to understand that if it intends to change the way society treats its children and youth, it must adopt a more holistic approach to its work. Therefore, the Sakha Ikusasa III (2010-2015) strategy, calls for mobilising different sectors of society, building a child rights movement, to focus attention on the safety, care and protection of the child. Underpinning the Fund’s Strategy are the five value propositions:
- Facilitating child participation in the movement.
- Enabling communities to hold those in power/ authority and duty bearers accountable for children’s rights.
- Advocating and strengthening community responsiveness to children’s rights.
- Creating a safe, protective and nurturing child-rights environment.
- Creating a coherent knowledge repository for children’s rights.
The Fund recognizes that children are born in families and live in communities; therefore, their rights cannot be seen in isolation. As the Fund continues to build a child rights movement, the aim is to achieve a situation where effective, efficient and well resourced communities are working with families and child friendly government structures to ensure that the rights and welfare of children are upheld.
For more information, please visit: www.nelsonmandelachildrensfund.com
Parents Corner is an online resource aimed at parents looking to understanding how their children use mobile phones. We recognise that in today’s digital world parenting is not easy and that mobile communications have widened the generation gap. As an information guide, Parents Corner aids parents in making informed decisions when it comes to their child’s use of mobile technology.
With a strong presence in South Africa, UNICEF is a leading advocate for children. We have the global authority to influence decision-makers and the variety of partners at the grassroots level to turn the most innovative ideas into reality. We believe that nurturing and caring for children are the cornerstones of human progress. UNICEF was created with this purpose in mind – to work with others to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease and discrimination place in a child’s path.
For more, visit: www.unicef.org/southafrica