Together for a Better Internet

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Programme Director: Lynette Kamineth

08:00 – 09:00Arrival and Welcome Tea/ RegistrationAll
09:00 – 09:05Opening and welcoming remarks.FPB Shared Services Executive

Laurie Less

09: 05– 09:15Purpose of Safer Internet Day and FPB’s affiliation to SIDFPB Council Member Nobuntu Dubazana
09:15-09:30Setting the sceneCommunications Unit


Parallel Sessions





Parallel Sessions


Youth Panel Discussion





Educators and SGB workshop



Facilitator: Lerato Ntwampe, FPB Legal Intern

Panel: Youth from: WebRangers; LoveLife; Kopanong High School


FPB Child Protection Unit & Google


11:00-11:30Stakeholder Panel Disscussion on how different stakeholders are playing the part in making sure that the internet is a safe place for allFacilitator: Laurie Less, FPB SSE

Panel:  FPB Council Member Nobuntu Dubazana; DTPS; Google; Love Life; Facebook

11:30 – 11:45Closing remarks on SID 2019 and vote of thanks.FPB Council Member, Nobuntu Dubazana

11: 45– 12:15

Learners break away into groups to prepare placards for the walkathonLearners
12:15-12:45Commencement of WalkathonAll
12:45-13:45Lunch & Departure


Questions for FPB & DTPS (as government departments):

  1. What is the role of government in ensuring that citizens and especially children are protected online?
  2. So what is the government doing about the increasingly important role that digital technology and the Fourth Industrial Revolution is playing in South Africa? What is already in place, and what changes can we expect in the near future?
  3. On the topic of legislation that governs the digital space, government is often criticised that there is not one coherent law and that the laws that exist already do not cover the digital space sufficiently. What is being done about this?

Questions for FPB

  1. How does the FPB protect children in the online space? What should the learners, teachers and SGB members here today be doing to work together with the FPB?

Questions for Google & Facebook (as internet service providers):

  1. How does Google try to create a safe place for children on their platforms?
  2. What can teachers and parents do when they see bad/inappropriate content on Google platforms?
  3. Organisations such as Facebook and Google have an obligation as good corporate citizens to educate the public about online safety. What do you have in place at the moment in this regard, and how can the schools here today get involved?

Questions for LoveLife                                       

  1. In your work in communities, and specifically here in the Bloemfontein area, have you seen an increase in people affected by cyber safety issues such as cyberbullying, body shaming, cyber misogyny, etc? And can you share some key learnings of these cases?
  2. Does LoveLife have specific programmes aimed at spreading the message about online safety? What can learners, teachers and parents do if they are being affected by cyber crimes.


FPB Social Media:

  • Facebook: FPBZA
  • Twitter: @FPB_ZA
  • Instagram: @fpbza

Follow #SID209 and #Digipower for more on the FPB and global Safer Internet Day 2019 campaigns.


The objective of the Act of 1996 is to regulate the creation, production, possession and distribution of films, games and certain publications, and more recently certain online content. This is done to provide consumer advice to enable adults to make informed viewing, reading and gaming choices for themselves and children in their care; to protect children from exposure to disturbing and harmful material and from premature exposure to adult experiences, and to make the use of children in, and the exposure of children to pornography, punishable.

Paramount to the mandate of the FPB is the protection of children. Protecting children under the Act is a proportional balancing of the rights afforded in the South African Constitution and Bill of Rights against the right of the child. The protection of children as enshrined in the Constitution and Bill of Rights includes physical, mental, emotional, spiritual or moral harm to be protected from maltreatment, neglect, abuse or degradation. It further ensures that children’s best interest is of paramount importance in every matter concerning a child.


The theme for SID 2019 is “Together for a better internet” which is a call for all stakeholders to come together and play their part in creating a better internet for everyone, especially for young users.

In support of the 2019 SID theme, the FPB will be partnering with Google, Facebook, Media Monitoring South Africa and the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services to call upon youngsters to be responsible cyber citizens.  This will be done by assigning Cyber Champions who will encourage other youngsters to be responsible cyber citizens thus encouraging peer to peer education for greater awareness.

The Walkathon will give learners a first taste of designing advocacy campaigns and spreading the message of safer internet use.

To be good cyber citizens, the youngsters must THINK before they post:

T – is it True

H – is it Honest

I – is it Inspiring

N – is it Necessary

K – is it Kind

They will also be encouraged to respect the rights of other online user while being responsible online users.

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