FPB to partner with the Hawks, Facebook, Google SA and other key partners to raise awareness about cyber safety and to combat piracy on safer internet day.

03 February 2017, Johannesburg. The Film and Publication Board (FPB) is excited to partner with the Hawks, Facebook, UNISA, the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services, Google SA and Media Monitoring Africa, in the North West province as part of joint activities to mark Safer Internet Day (SID) taking place on 07 February with a theme of ‘Be the change: Unite for a better Internet’.

The collaboration will see both organisations raise awareness on cyber safety issues particularly amongst youth and join forces to combat piracy of counterfeit DVD’s “Each year the FPB partners with key organisations as part of its awareness-raising efforts to promote a safer Internet for all users, especially young people. This year we’re excited to engage citizens in Mafikeng and a pleased to have the Hawks, Facebook, UNISA and the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services on board for the first time. These are critical partners and with Facebook being a very popular social media platform with youth, we can continue to effectively educate young people, parents and community members about responsible online behaviour ,” says Ms Raftopoulos, Manager Communications and Public Education at the FPB.

The FPB chairs the SID Committee in South Africa, where we will be one of over 100 countries worldwide marking the day with various activities. An added element this year will be the combating of piracy with the Hawks. “Through collaborations with the FPB, we aim to combat piracy across the country,” says Major General Mbana of the Hawks.

“In 2016, we invited the FPB’s Compliance Monitoring Unit to a joint operation in Mafikeng to enforce compliance. The joint operation resulted in seven cases being opened with seven people arrested for contravening the Films and Publications Act. A total of 1326 DVD’s were confiscated with a total street value of R 132 000 and we are looking forward to working with the FPB in other provinces to conduct anti piracy exercise, but also educate communities about the need for them to be responsible and not purchase illegal content that is distributed physically or online,” states Major General Mbana of the Hawks.

FPB’s research shows that digital streams of media distribution and consumption are gaining popularity in South Africa. Internet access is itself a driver of these trends which is also available through mobile devices including smart phones. Findings of research conducted by the FPB in Mafikeng showed that 51% of the population has access to the internet. In another research conducted in four provinces, including Mafikeng, findings showed that the rates of availability of Smartphone’s amongst learners is 90%. So vigilance is critical by parents, teachers and guardians and they must monitor Internet usage by youth in their care.

Safer Internet Day Programme
Venue: Mmabatho Convention Centre
Date: 7 February 2017
Time: 08:30 to 14:30

  • Partners will conduct interactive sessions with educators, learners, parents and members of the community.
  • 120 learners from the following schools will be engaged by the partners in interactive sessions:
    • Mafikeng High School
    • Mmabatho High School
    • Letsatsing High School
    • Golf View Combined School
    • Sol Plaatjie High School
    • Batswana High School
  • Surveys will be conducted with learners and partners by the FPB Research team
  • The day will conclude with a walkathon where participants of the programme will unite and pledge to be champions for change and use the Internet responsibility

Ends

Notes to Editors:
For more about Safer Internet Day go to: https://www.saferinternetday.org
For online safety resource tools go to: www.saferinternetday.org
For Internet safety tips go to: www.fpbprochild.org.za/Internet-safety-tips
To report abuse go to: www.fpbprochild.org.za/ReportAbuse

For more information contact:
Manala Botolo
Assistant Manager Communications and Public Education
email: manala.botolo@fpb.org.za
cell: 082 860 6748
tel: 012 003 1400

For media interviews contact:
Janine Raftopoulos
Manager Communications and Public Education
email: janine.raftopoulos@fpb.org.za
cell: 071 444 3121
tel: 012 003 1400

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