Safer Internet Day (SID) is an international education and awareness-raising effort spanning more than 100 countries around the globe to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially amongst children and young people across the world.
Mauritius is among one of the very first countries where government has taken keen interest to protect children and youngsters on the Internet. In this context, a Child Online Safety Action Plan was developed by the National Computer Board (NCB) and endorsed by the cabinet in 2009. Following the aproval of the action plan, number of activities have been started on Child Online Safety since 2009 including organisation of the Safer Internet Day.
This year is the 8th edition of Safer Internet Day which will be celebrated in Mauritius. On this occasion, CERT-MU, a division of the National Computer Board is organising several activities. The activities are as follows:
· A half day workshop with theme "Play Your Part For A Better Internet" in collaboration with the Ministry of Technology, Communication and Innovation and the Ministry of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research and the Private and Secondary School Association (PSSA). The proposed workshop is targeted towards State and Private secondary school students to sensitise them on the impact of threats and consequences that improper use of the Internet may have on the youth.
· Awareness sessions on Internet Safety will be carried out for Secondary School students in Rodrigues from May 2016. These sessions will highlight issues like sexting, sextortion, cyber bullying, online gaming, online predators and identity theft etc.
· Parents, Grandparents and House Wives need to be aware of the dangers on the Internet and how to protect their kids online. To address this issue with parents, an awareness session will be organised in collaboration with the PTA. The sensitization on the Dangers of the Internet for Senior Citizens and House Wives sessions will be organised through NCB’s cyber caravans and Community Welfare Centres throughout the year.
· A training programme on “Staying safe on the Internet” will be scheduled for Primary School ICT teachers in the month of August 2016 in the different school zones of the country. This will allow teachers to know how to help youngsters choose a better way of socialising in the virtual world.
· A programme on “Internet Safety for Youngsters” will be broadcasted on MBC TV in February 2016. This programme will help in reaching out to a greater number of people to make them aware of the risks that are present online.
Organisation of an online quiz competition in the month of January 2016 for secondary school students.