Digital Pathfinding – Protecting Young People in a Digital Age
A seminar to equip young learners for the digital world is being presented by the Jesuit Institute of South Africa and the Catholic Institute of Education this month.
Web Rangers, one of the participants, stresses the importance of digital and media literacy skills for young people, both for advancement and protection.
“They can then develop their own capabilities and contribute to the development of South Africa, and will also be able to protect themselves from risk and potential harm, including cyber-bullying and inappropriate sexual conduct online.’’
Web Rangers, an initiative led by Media Monitoring Africa, began in 2016, and aims to improve young people’s digital literacy.
The seminar’s speakers include:
- Emilar Gandhi, Facebook’s public policy manager for the Southern African Development Community region
- Fortune Mgwili‐Sibanda, public policy manager at Google South Africa
- Professor Tanya Robinson, CEO of sustainable development consultant Tacmin Rafiki, has been in forensic private practice for the past 20 years
- Fr Hugh Lagan, clinical psychologist with graduate studies in counselling and clinical psychology
- Professor Justine Limpitlaw, independent communications law consultant
- Anthony Egbers, director of technology at Dainfern College
- Zaheerah Pochee, facilitator at iSchoolAfrica, an education technology initiative
- Tinka Labuschagne, writer of the Gauteng Department of Education guidelines on suspected and confirmed cases of child abuse
- Phakamile Khumalo, who has an honours degree in development studies and a post-graduate certificate from the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute
MTN and the Film and Publication Board are also involved with the seminar.
The Digital Pathfinding Seminar runs from September 13-14 at the Sierra Hotel in Randburg, Johannesburg, and costs R1500 per person.