What is the Back-2-School Campaign?
In February of each year, the FPB is excited to run its Back-2-School Campaign, which is our flagship programme for in-school activations, aimed at creating awareness on cyber safety. The campaign is part of the FPB’s overall Cyber Safety campaign, and is conducted annually to coincide with the global Safer Internet Day (SID).
The campaign aligns to the FPB’s mission which is to ensure efficient and effective consumer protection through regulation of media content, while empowering the public, especially children, through robust information sharing.
The Back-2-School campaign primarily focuses on cyber safety and Anti-Child Pornography messaging, providing the FPB with the role as consumer educator, informing parents and caregivers to be cyber smart and protect children from becoming victims of internet predators.
It’s run in partnership with a number of stakeholders that include Google South Africa, Childline South Africa, Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services, Gauteng Department of Education, Media Monitoring Africa, MXit Parent’s Corner and UNISA Youth Research Unit.
This year, the Back-2-School campaign will run in Gauteng, Kwa-Zulu Natal and Eastern Cape[R1] provinces from 10 February to 6 March 2015, and will be themed, “Let’s create a better internet together,” inline withthe SID theme. SID seeks to promote safer and more responsible use of online technologies and mobile phones, especially amongst children and youth.
By participating in the Back-2-School campaign, learners and educators learn about cyber safety, in order to ensure they are informed about their choices, the dangers and risks when engaging in online activity. It touches on five broad mediums: Film, Social Media, Mobile, Mass Media and Community. Participants also conduct workshops sessions and view a movie, where they get to learn about how classify a movie.
Throughout the year the FPB will run cyber safety outreach activities so be sure to check our events calendar for an event near you.
What is Cyber Safety?
Cyber safety also known to as Internet safety, or online safety, refers to the knowledge and capability to act in a safe and responsible manner on the Internet from risks that can jeopardize your safety and the security of your personal information and reputation from computer crime in general and its major focus is on safe practices to minimize danger from behavioral-based rather than hardware/software-based problems.
The Film and Publication Board (FPB) is a public entity established in terms of the Films and Publications Act 65 of 1996, amended in 2009. Our mission is to ensure efficient and effective consumer protection through regulation of media content, while empowering the public, especially children, through robust information sharing.
In line with its legislative mandate, the board provides advice to enable South African’s to make informed decisions about their viewing, gaming and reading choices. As an organization, the FPB also seeks to protect children from exposure to harmful materials. To achieve this, the FPB raises awareness of the regulatory framework and consumer education, through programmes and outreach activities.
Click here to access information and great educational material related to Safer Internet Day www.saferinternetday.org