Session: Young People and their Safeguards in an Increasingly Connected World

Time: 
Fri, 2011-09-30 11:00 - 12:30

Concise Description:
The Internet and mobile technologies have made great inroads in the life of young people and Africa is no exception. The continent presents unique characteristics in terms of the understanding of these technologies, their deployment and the interventions (or the lack of) for making the online environment safe for children. Also the social norms, existing practices influence the uptake of these technologies and applications. Besides, the appeal of online platform being universal the trends and patterns of the online experience of children and young people in Africa bears remarkable resemblance with rest of the world.
Children and young people who have been actively involved in activities conducted in Africa focusing on their empowerment, education and development of codes of conduct and awareness raising initiatives for the private sector, will participate in the workshop enabling a direct access to testimonies and share of experiences and also to the issues they face every day while using the Internet (cyberbulling, privacy issues, exposure to inappropriate content (hateful, violent, discriminatory, pornographic, etc.), explicit or suggestive self-exposure, etc. The forum will also draw from the experience of a typical child both from the African continent and from other regions and allow us to explore how they witness the digital revolution around them to guide us in developing suitable measures for them.
The workshop aims to collect recommendations for the duty bearers coming directly from these young people in order to reach policy makers for developing appropriate protecting mechanisms while providing the channels to them for self expression, creativity and positive use of the Internet and guiding them towards becoming better digital citizens of the future. Additionally, it will examine the current set of strategies that exist within the ICT policies that can be enhanced for strengthening the protection of children.
The participation of expert representing the western countries is also expected to raise very interesting points marking the striking resemblance and contrasts with the experience of children in the those regions and the interventions that had been developed in that context.
Findings from a research paper that is expected to be commissioned soon, outlining the situation of children in Africa in terms of their protection in the online environment, analyzing the growth of ICTs and its social dimensions is also expected to be presented at the workshop.

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2 years 8 weeks ago

RosalieACMA (Rosalie O'Neale)

@larrymagid Thanks for linking to your #111 #IGF11 presentation. I watched the session via webcast, very interesting and thought-provoking.

2 years 29 weeks ago

RosalieACMA (Rosalie O'Neale)

Thank you! online is 'real'! #111 #IGF11

2 years 29 weeks ago

MarBonthuis (Marjolijn Bonthuis)

@larrymagid is your presentation available, to help me to raise the Dutch? #IGF11 #ws111 #NLIGF

2 years 29 weeks ago

MarBonthuis (Marjolijn Bonthuis)

RT @paulitrix: Who best can protect young people? Government? Parents? Police?: Ulltimate protector of young people is themselves #igf11 #111

2 years 29 weeks ago

paulitrix (p8ul1tr3x )

Who best can protect young people? Government? Parents? Police?: Ulltimate protector of young people is themselves #igf11 #111

2 years 29 weeks ago

RosalieACMA (Rosalie O'Neale)

13-17 less than 20% of the FB user base, have restrictions around their accounts #111 #IGF11

2 years 29 weeks ago

MarBonthuis (Marjolijn Bonthuis)

Every time Nigeria is mentioned, people start laughing. But youth are the future! Young speaker of Nigerian Youth crime watch #111 #IGF11

2 years 29 weeks ago

RosalieACMA (Rosalie O'Neale)

I would love to see the slides from this presentation (on the research, just mentioned) #111 #IGF11. Will these be available for download?

2 years 29 weeks ago

paulitrix (p8ul1tr3x )

Fueled by mobile telephony, Social networks are very much part of life of African children particularly girls #igf11 #111

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